Heavily rhythmical and soulful Latinx guitar-pop rules on Foam, the latest effort from bi-lingual Spanish/English outfit Divino Nino. Hailing from Chicago but founded on a childhood friendship from Bogota between between guitarist Camilo Medina and bassist Javier Forero, these ten tracks are masterfully observed marriages of different musical traditions.
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I was trying to prise the CD for Divino Nino's new album out of its case for around three minutes before it finally relented. I was quite looking forward to making a snide joke like, 'now I know what Divino Nino were so worried about' if this album was really bad but it's actually ok so I can't really do this. I mean, it's nothing to write home about, but snide jokes don't have a place in this particular piece. Foam is a woozy collection of psychedelia with a definite Latin-American influence, as well as hints at exotica and lounge music. This album gets better as it goes on. Over the course of ten songs, the arrangements become more interesting and varied, the whimsy is notched up (the more notched whimsy the better, regular readers will know), and everything is just better to listen to. 'Melty Caramelo', a song title that has the Cocteaus going green with envy, reminds me of Stereolab in places and in parts this album smacks of Malcolm 'Mac' DeMarco's pleasant Salad Days phase. 'Coca Cola' (dunno how they managed to get that past their legal team) is a definite highlight which some gently wistful 'ooh oohs' and a propulsive rhythm which carries everything along nicely. I also love the single 'Maria'.
Maybe if it had come from the 70s and there was a faintly audible hissing noise running underneath the album I would be waxing lyrical about Foam but that is my prerogative as the executor of this review. On the whole, this album just got better and better, going from a five to a seven by the time the closer 'Cosmic Flower' had come around. That snide joke lives on, though. Where will I use it next?
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