Shaun Nunutzi heads up Tau, taking a well-earned sabbatical from touring his crusher monotony with Dead Skeletons. Following up from the Wirikuta EP, he works with Gerald Pasqualin for a quickly made, easily done 'n' dusted collection of psych folk tunes -- I imagine there might be some riffs too, if you're lucky. Earl Harvin of Tindersticks pays a visit, at one point.
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Like a primal scream from the heart of the Chihuahuan Desert, “Mother I feel your heartbeat!” shouts Tau’s Shaun Mulrooney (Dead Skeletons) and Gerald Pasqualin, reminding me of my dead mother and for you to cherish yours. It’s taken from a chant by Pamela Margaret Gore, apparently... Hey! Yes, we’re on Psych Terrain once more. Well, psych folk to be exact, from Dublin via Mexico and Venezuela. The duo are surprisingly tender, particularly on the yearning opening to ‘The Midnight Jaguar’; Mulrooney / Nunutzi’s journeys in the dust with the mystics and the pilgrims seem to have inspired and invested him with the spirits. Stomping and chanting ensue.
Shaun’s praise songs are delivered in a mixture of English, Spanish and Gaelic with his nicely picked but sometimes weirdly amplified acoustic guitar. I have to admit, I was expecting something much louder but these incantations with folky flutes and haunting synth are often surprisingly soothing. ‘Venadito’, ‘Espiral’ and ‘Jara’ are hypnotic jams escorting us to the centre of the baking, earth-scorching sun -- the latter, closing track of which is an elongated psych-jazz excursion which really sends out an invitation to take more drugs. Lots more drugs. But it would be irresponsible of me to endorse this message, so… You know. You’re an adult.
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