Second full-length album from Fumaça Preta, the experimentally-inclined Spanish-language group. Recorded in locations as diverse as a Spanish desert and the border of Venezuela and Brazil, Impuros Fanaticos is as heavy as it is groovy as it is frenzied: a busy blur of sound that recalls Zun Zun Egui to these ears. Released by the Soundway label.
8/10 Sammy Customer review, 7th April 2016Thought I'd get the first say in on this one seeing as their 2014 debut was my own favourite LP of that year and their performance at Latitude Festival last year was equally as mind blowing. I'm hoping for more bonkers psychedelic South American Tropical rock with vocals that sound like that super fast bit on the Pixies 'Crackity Jones'... Before I sit down to the first listen (it's probably not the best way to review an album on it's first play, but hey, I haven't got anything else to do!) I should point out that the delivery of this record was INSANELY fast! Inside like 36 hours by my calculation! And I had paid for second class. So well done NR. (Especially as it has now landed on the door mat whilst my wife is out the house so that saves the usual routine of; "what more records? Haven't you got enough? What about the money we are saving for the kids Dialysis machine?" Blah. Blah. Blah... Well Impuros Fanaticos starts with a slow building opener but that makes the doom-filled shuffling Latino daftness of track two 'Decimo Andar' all the more enjoyable. Especially when the La-la-la's kick in. 'Boldenero' is another Fumaca Preta track that is impossible to pin down. I'd like to say it might be Rumba-rock but I'm not totally sure what defines Rumba. It's good fun nonetheless. Side one ends with the smoky, laid back [lovesong?] 'Morrer de Amor'. There is even a bit of clarinet... So halfway through it seems a little less 'funky' than the previous record and a bit more 'rock'- those who dig a bit of Zun Zun Egui - think of the difference between 'Katang' and last years 'Shackles Gift'. Side two starts with the only tune I've heard before - 'La Trampa' - congas, creeping South American riffs and the element of 'freakout' that side one perhaps felt a bit thin on. Standout track thus far. And those vocals are back! 'Migajas' continues to remind me of that last Zun Zun Egui LP but with a bigger, crunchier rock sound. 'Ressaca de Gloria' starts with a funky disco riff and bounces along over some wailing vocals and screeching guitars. A great racket. Last track 'A Serpente' starts like one of the slower, creepier Goat tracks before evolving into a sprawling, psychedelic mess of rock riffs, menacing fretboard work outs and insane vocals. A great way to spend 40 minutes in my kitchen... Overall I'm pleased with their new offering although on first play it hasn't instantly hit the highs that the debut did. Just a little short on funk and Colombian swagger to match their debut masterpiece but it's still going straight back on again.
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