Mecanica Popular are a post-punk group founded in 1978 in Madrid, Spain. ¿Qué Sucede Con El Tiempo? is a deep, dark slice of electronica made only from tape loops and through some bizarre equipment such as an Arp Odyssey, Eventide H910 Harmonizer and even a Polaroid camera. The result is an off kilter album of driving electronica, just perfect for DJs.
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- ¿Qué Sucede Con El Tiempo? by Mecanica Popular
8/10 Ant Staff review, 08 October 2015
Andy Votel, Sean Canty (Demdike Stare) and Doug Shipton’s Dead-Cert label have unearthed and reissued this curious record from Mecanica Popular. Originally coming out of Madrid back in 1984 and now available for consumption by a new generation. Because of its relative obscurity it’s difficult to say whether this has been influential or not but these guys were certainly ahead of the curve in many ways and were absorbing influences from great sources, remoulding them into their own vision of electronic music.
‘¿Qué Sucede Con El Tiempo?’ is a diverse and vibrant collection of tracks. The concrète post disco/ proto-techno of ‘La Edad Del Bronce’ having something of a feel of Throbbing Gristle’s Hot On The Heels Of Love’. Short interlude ‘Impresionistas 2’ sounds like it was lifted off of Jon Hassell & Brian Eno’s ‘Fourth World Vol 1: Possible Musics’ and reappears later in fuller form on ‘Daguerrotipo / Ambrotip'. The looped up ‘Quiero Irme’ recalls the experiments of early tape music, while there’s moments such as ‘Siempre Tú’ which is a little reminiscent of Cluster. The Musique concrète/ electroacoustic parts of the record recall Bernard parmegiani or even Akos Rozmann. Closer ‘Máquinas Y Procedimientos’ sounds like some gloomy haunted ship building yard on mars. In some ways this manages to sound both ahead of, and of its time; which is a quality I really rather like. Hat’s off to those guys for digging this one up.
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