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Started in 1998, Savath & Savalas was created as a way for left-field producer Scott Herren (best known for his work as Prefuse 73) to explore his more instrumental and acoustic tendencies. His first full-length, Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey, an experimental, glitchy affair, came out in 2000, followed by the EP Rolls and Waves in 2002 and the much folkier Apropa't — which featured vocals from Catalan singer Eva Puyuelo, who Herren met when spending time in Spain — in 2004. In 2007 Golden Pollen, which included songs on which only the producer/instrumentalist sang, as well as appearances from artists like Mia Doi Todd and Jose Gonzalez, was released. Two years later, a proper follow-up to Apropa't appeared; La Llama included a new contributing member, Ecuadoran (by way of Florida) Roberto Carlos Lange.