Each time I come back to Panda Elliot they throw another idea into the mix.
The live version of Obsesión discovers Panda Elliot in yet another light, with a folk derived track that drifts quietly around the room filling the spaces with softly delivered melodies and a background of rolling mist with vocal shining through the quiet layers of sound. Towards the latter end of Obsesión the mood shifts to one reminding of dark storm clouds blowing fiercely around the ears before calmly folding into a restful conclusion.
The Argentinian dream-wave quartet Tirman Kid were first introduced a year ago.
Tonight finds Tirman Kid with an even softer brush than the tracks previously featured as the guitars blend into the synths, which gives the piece the sense of more deeply piled velvet carpet in which to sink.
Tonight is delivered at a more measured pace allowing the listener time to discover the nuances of the various elements of Tirman Kid in a track that has drips of psychedelic-shoegaze interwoven through the just over three minutes of hushed melody.
KILL WEST from Buenos Aires in Argentina is the drone quintet of Nicolas Miele (Drums), Mariano Miele (Keys), Martin Valentini (Guitar), Franco Beceiro (Guitar / Vocals) and Joel Menazzi (Bass).
The reverb shakes the walls as KILL WEST bring together surf rock, giving a sense of rapidity, with doom strings and layers of echo which gives the out-put a feeling of submerged fuzz. The keys allow the quintet to give the music yet another depth of transmission in which the listener can allow psychedelic imagery to flow around the brain.
KILL WEST produce music which rattles the bones, whilst massaging the head and is their ability to do both at the same time, without losing and sense of cohesion that gives the tracks their intrigue. Although none of the pieces run to much over four and a half minutes, given the sheer weight of textures which slow down the synapses, there is a sense of time slowing.
This is material best taken in large quaffs as a continual line of sound allows the audience to immerse themselves into a vortex of drifting thoughts.
Tirman Kid from Buenos Aires in Argentina is the dream-wave quartet of Martin Dick (Vocals / Guitar), Agustin Slapak (Guitar / Synth), Manuel Gvirtz (Drums) and Matias Oyamburu (Bass).
Layer upon layer of drifting smoke immerse the room as Tirman Kid feed the music into the room. The shimmering guitars are accompanied by synths which allow the phrases to hang in the air, whilst a gauzed vocal echoes remembrances of instrumentation drifted past as percussion settles on hi-hat and ride giving the out-put a fuzziness to which the bass lays quietly in the back-ground grabbing attention from time to time as it sweeps up the stray remainders of the sounds.
The laconic elongated notes give Tirman Kid a munificence which beguiles the listener, whilst the lyric espouses of bitter regrets and the fusion of the two gives the quartet a fascination that holds the ear.
The music itself transcends geo-political boundaries and could have appeared from anywhere in the world at any time since the ’60s with its hazy waves of sound and for that very inclusiveness I recommend you taking a few moments to – kick off your shoes and drift in the sounds.
Placard an indie rock band from Buenos Aires in Argentina is Laura Carbajal, Joaquín Serpe, Miguel Barrenechea and Martín Rabaglia.
There is an undertow of influences from Velvet Underground as is common with many of the rock bands I have reviewed from Argentina over the years. The dark shifting moods of the music sit well in the ears as they explore a broad sweep of sounds that centre around a brooding core of rumbling bass / percussion.
Whilst delving into the darker recesses of the mind the material doesn’t leave the audience feeling on a downer, as Placard pack a powerful punch that makes its mark as the music is, in the main, swept along in a mass of activity in a fairly rapid tempo. Whilst undoubtedly possessing a ‘home-grown’ quality to the sound this, if anything, adds even more credibility to the material.
The quartet have been able to capture a core sense of genuine engagement that they are able to deliver in a fine thread of music. With three releases behind them they have gained the experience to deliver their slightly frayed sounds in a fashion that keeps the fans coming back for more and I will certainly be joining those wanting to get hold of the next release.