The Tango Saloon
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With each new release from Ipecac Records, you never know what you're going to get. And this is proven once more with the self-titled release by Tango Saloon. From the same label that brought you albums by the Melvins, Fantômas, and Isis comes a CD comprised entirely of...tango music? Yes friends, you read it right. Judging from his multitude of projects, Mike Patton is certainly one musically varied gentleman, so it's only natural that this should reflect the releases he puts out via his label. Tango Saloon are led by guitarist/bassist/keyboardist Julian Curwin, who manages to combine two of his biggest influences together — tango master Astor Piazzolla andEnnio Morricone's spaghetti Western scores. The result is something that is a musical breath of fresh air in the often foul-smelling state of modern popular music. Very few vocals are heard here (the track "Libertango" is an exception), which results in Tango Saloon sounding akin to a movie score at times. But what a movie score it would be, as evidenced by such standouts as "Overture," "Upon a Time," and "March of the Big Shoe." That said, the second half of the disc may lose a few listeners, especially the perhaps too-experimental "Man with the Bongos," while the horns on "The Little Plan That Could" tend to get a bit too "nails on the blackboard." But overall, Tango Saloon is an unexpected (and much needed) break from the musical norm.
Where have you been all my life???
What I instantly loved about this album is that the group doesn't just use tango as a gimmick to be alternative: they fully live and breathe it, yet without simply rehashing what has already been done in the genre. There are elements of country, jazz (free jazz yet), and electric music, but without losing its central identity. That's what the tango does: weaves it all together in a wonderful wonderful way. The songs are fresh, the recording is done in an intimate way, and from listening you get the sense that their live show would be something else (though being from Sudney, I'll never get to see it). This is just a great album and would be perfect for anybody who is looking for something just a little (or alot) different. What a find!!!
Formed: 2005 in Sydney, Australia
Years Active: '00s
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