Blonde Redhead is a New York band that, alongside Sonic Youth and Yo La Tengo in the early nineties, played a decisive role in the intersection between noise, avant-garde and pop. Their last two albums have drifted a bit too far in the direction of electro-pop, but on "Barragán" they are back to their old strength. The CD is very quiet and yet there is a lot of power lurking beneath the surface. Singer Kazu Makino compares it to My Bloody Valentine, and although the bundled silence of Blonde Redhead at first glance seems like the opposite of the noisy British, it is carried by a similar level of energy. The songs are reduced to the extreme, but they are eager to be filled with the listener's fantasy. The seductive melodies are often only hinted at, sometimes accompanied only by a bass and a basic drum set. "Barragán" is a masterpiece of self-confident understatement by a band that is among the few who can fill the painful vacancy of Sonic Youth.
Top track: Mind To Be Head