Very disappointed to learn that Electrcidad is not but the word for Electricity in Spanish. Why Spanish? Culto Al Qondor are the Peruvian krautrockers who just won't stop. Much like the current that drives electricity, the band are powerful, persistent and dynamic. They're big fans of the likes of Neu and Kraftwerk, and it shows.
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- Electricidad by Culto Al Qondor
The liner notes of Culto al Qondor end with a simple instruction, to ‘Drone On’. This seem a fitting way to bookend an album which does just that. This band don’t mess about. I knew I’d like them when I first heard of them. Although there are only three tracks on this album, each one is a krautrock masterpiece. It’s easy to criticise music like this, of course there’s only three tracks, and of course it stays pretty much the same the whole way through, but there’s a definite talent for songcraft that goes into these pieces. The precise moment on ‘E1’ where the growling vocals come in have been placed there for a reason.
Good lord I would love to see this band live. Having seen the unbridled white-hot beauty of Follakzoid last summer, I think Culto al Qondor could at least give them a run for their money. CAQ are clearly indebted to Messrs Dinger, Rother, and Brock, but they still insert their own elements of originality. The bubbly, delayed guitars that constitute an essential part of ‘E2’ begin to take on a hypnotic quality as they cycle round and round and round. It would be easy for ‘Catedral (E3)’ to just be another banger in the vein of ‘E1’ and ‘E2’ but CAQ plump for something more restrained and electronic.
This is a great album, but I feel like it doesn’t do their live sound justice so I will be endeavouring to see them ASAP.
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