Odisea is a retrospective compilation that looks back on the solo works of Spanish electronicist Suso Sáiz, known for his work with Orquesta de las Nubes and Música Esporádica. Taking in rare early works as well as newer and unreleased material, these 2 LPs encompass a remarkably creative career. On Music From Memory.
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9/10 Jamie Staff review, 17 May 2016
Spanish musician Suso Sáiz was, apparently, a prolific producer at the forefront of Spain’s experimental music scene from the late 1970s, who recorded with many popular musicians in his homeland as well as with such luminaries as Steve Roach and Salif Keita. So why is this record the first I have heard from him?
Three tracks in an I have become acutely aware that the people at Music From Memory have unearthed gold here... ‘Odisea’ comes across as a lost Balearic classic. Suso’s woozy mix of guitar and electronics in sketches such as ‘Ceniza Humeda’ and ‘Prefiero El Naranja’ remind of Vini Reilly’s intricate drifts transposed to the Mediterranean. ‘La Muerte Del Agua’ consists of a repeated guitar figure, drenched in reverb and was, I assumed after the first 30 seconds, recorded to tape and looped classical ambient-style; but no, I was wrong. The rhythm of the playing is unerringly constant but shifts almost imperceptibly up and down the scale as the branches of an olive tree on the most subtle of breezes. Other times I am reminded of Manuel Gottsching’s ‘E2-E4’ classic or even Philip Glass on ‘Tierra Media’.
A fascinating and indispensable collection of warm, stripped-back sounds from a Spanish electroacoustic experimenter.
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