Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Alternative/Indie, Folk/Folkrock | Heft: Jahrgang 2014, eclipsed Nr. 160 / 5-2014 | VÖ-Jahr: 2014 | Wertung: 7.5/10 | Label: Function | Autor: MaB

The comparison is obvious: the band Picastro, founded in 1998 in Toronto, Canada, combines the austere beauty of Picasso's paintings with a certain revolt that the former Máximo Lider would also approve of. Here, revolt is not to be equated with loud tones: Liz Hysen, Nick Storring and Brandon Valdivia are rather deliberate revolutionaries who cast their message in reduced arrangements. The influences that can be heard on "You" are also unusual: Here Russian and Greek folklore meet modern chamber music, creating a very peculiar atmosphere that is both fascinating and terrifying. This impression is also created by the "Mountain Relief" opener, which despite its compactness looks complex. The remaining nine pieces are also characterized by such dichotomies: "Two Women" is presented very gently, but is peppered with numerous dissonances that initially irritate, but then emotionally touch. It gets really experimental in Baron In The Trees. And in "Endless" Liz Hysen turns to gospel blues.

Top track: Endless

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