Monday, May 21, 2007

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo

The culmination of recordings made in 2005 in California and Amsterdam. Its an album consisting of mainly instrumental tracks. Only three of the ten featuring vocals provided by his Mars Volta band mate Cedric Bixlar-Zavala. Rodriguez-Lopez is not one to shy away from experimentation and this is no exception it flits and darts about and your never quite sure what you might hear next. Its an album that has great togetherness. Its alot lighter and simpler than his Mars Volta work, hes evidently trying to create something which while not overly different from the aforementioned band, is rawer and produced to a lesser degree

His brilliance shines through on many of these tracks and its the instrumentals not featuring Bixlar-Zavala's vocals that shine the most. Boiling Death Request A Body To Rest It's Head On is one of those tracks which incoporates a killer hook. Luxury Of Infancy is a statement of intent at the start of the album, with his guitar creating a soaring intro to Rapid Fire Tollbooth which would make an excellent Mars Volta track given a reworking which I believe is their intent.

Its an album that is obviously a time filler before the next Mars Volta album. Its a fine piece of work taken for what it is. But I would be interested to hear Lopez working with musicians out of his comfort zone. Other vocalists with a different style might give him a whole new different set of fans.

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