The name Wild Honey would suggest a Beach Boys influence and the laid back grooves of their ‘Friends’ album is certainly evident but these laid back summery songs more recall Astrud Gilberto having a party round Stereolab’s house. The fact that Sean O Hagan (High Llamas) is on arrangement duties should tell you all you need to know.
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Fey and furtive Spanish pop for the summer season from Guillermo Farré, a Spanish musician who has links with Stereolab's Tim Gane and has drafted in (guess who?) High Llamas Sean O' Hagan on string arrangement duties. I think we can safely deduce what we are going to get here. There are nods to Astrud Gilberto in the laid back songwriting fair which is meek and tasteful but I have to say that as always O' Hagan's string arrangements are superb and elevate this music at times into the exquisite. Both 'Torres Blancos' and 'Ojo De Cristal' benefit from some sweeping strings that burst out the mix adding an extra level of class to the proceedings.
This is not to say that the album is otherwise without merit. Tracks like 'Mapas de zonas desierta' are breezy and beautiful ballads put together complete with bossa nova drums and gorgeous horns. The album has all the regulation easy listening, exotica and library music influences in spades. It's the musical equivalent to sitting outside on a hot veranda, sipping something wonderful whilst watching the tide come in. Perfect resort music. If I listen to it enough will the sun come out? Hope so.
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