The Spanish band, Embusteros released their third independent album entitled, Babel and it’s pretty damn good. What is up with all the good music I am finding. Sometimes I’ll go through spurts where nothing sounds good and I am uninspired to talk about it but today, I have had such good luck.
Embusteros came on my radar with Apple’s recommended new music and I downloaded the single, “El Baile” (The Dance). As I am trying to weed through all the new music for this year, I downloaded the entire album to find out if I like this band more than just that one song. Ultimately, yes I did but it was touch and go for a while there.
I review music by putting on my Bose headphones, which drowns out all the household noise around me. And then I start. I sit and do nothing while I listen to the album. It is just me and Embusteros. “El Baile” is a decent song. I keep going and going and at first I feel like the album is nothing special. I am thinking to myself, this is just a strongly well-produced rock album but what is special?
Is there anything that stands out that I want to really talk about. Not at first. The second track has a slight ’80s feel to it during some of the instrumental parts. The duet with Ainoa Buitrago, I can take or leave. It doesn’t fit really well with the two tracks I just heard. It’s not until we get to the second half of the album that I find the gems.
Embusteros’ third album, BABEL is released this year and it’s pretty damn good.
“La Curva del Odio” (The Curve of Hate) has a strong pistolero feel to it. It might need to be in a western film but the feminine background vocals soften it enough that my ears perk up. Who are you in the background? We have that same underlying higher voice that pulls from the stereo. It’s just under the surface in “Prohibido” (Forbidden) and now I am in love with the sound. It’s this song that makes we rethink the album. I have to add this song to my daily playlist.
The album remains this solid piece of musical art until we get to the last track. Embusteros ends the album on the only true ballad from the album. “Septiembre” begins as a piano forward acoustic but slowly more instruments are added until the entire band is jamming out. I think I am gonna be disappointed but am not. Overall, this is a decent indie rock album that I am glad I downloaded.
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