"Sam De La Rosa makes his solo debut on Burka For Everybody.
In his last album, Sam De la Rosa, known for being Led Er Est´s lead singer, features a sound that resonates with sci-fi soundtracks and, by means of structure, depicts an aural yet lethargic ascension to outer space.
His obscure and rusty pop songs, incorporating sounds coming into contact with oxygen tempered by folk forms, develop like roots that break up solitary urban concrete that looks back at abandoned geodesic domes."
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Led Er Est singer Sam De La Rosa goes it alone for the first time this week on this mini-album for Burka For Everybody. Pretty cool it is too, glacial synth-led pop with wistful vocals and a robotically pacing feel to its icy grooves and foggy ambience.
Some tracks, such as 'Erase Blanco', are instrumental meditations (or at least any vocals are submerged and processed into unrecognisability), the aforementioned track mixing smooth gliding synths with ominous distorto drones and crumbly audio scree to build up a Fuck Buttons-ish intensity, while 'Fungus' which follows it is all 'Clangers'-ish tweets and hums.
Elsewhere he lets his vocals take the fore with varying results from the mumbly dreampop of side A's central track 'Chameleon' to the mysterious wibbly psych moodiness of closer 'I Cannot Meet Today'. Plenty of good ideas here, realised with real class and subtlety.
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