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- Daniel Melingo is one of the stars of nuevo Tango and associated with the immensly succesful Gotan Project. He describes his music as "proto-tango", rough and ready tango, from the back streets... Tom Waits, Paolo Conte and Nick Cave come to mind when you listen to him, his songs conjure up daydreams and images from films and adventure novels. He's the illuminated, hallucinating actor of his own mythology, a total artist, the architect of a thick sound world, a mixture of metal and baroque, madness and sloth. This radically modern blues from the deep south is both surreal and hypnotic, romantic and head-spinning.
Excellent multi-instrumentalist Rodrigo Guerra (electric guitar and consultant producer) is one of the contributors here. And the recording made in situ at the legendary Buenos Aires ION Studio had a part to play too. With its instrumental bridges, the supple, infinitely variable sound space, the vast showcases given to the master musicians erecting the whole structure, such as guitarist Diego Trosman and the Flores brothers, Nini and Rudi (on guitar and accordion respectively) with their chamame from the coast, Corazón y Hueso is also a true reflection of the diversity of talent and music on show here, a musical journey across Argentina in fact. From the north, springing forth out of the damp mosquito-filled pampas and the fishermen's legends, come languorous melodies redolent of the chamarita. Further on, a story straight from a Chagall picture where animal musicians are playing at a ball for love-sick insects, with a monkey on the fiddle, a rat for accordionist, a horse on the bandoneon, and dancing couples on their knees declaring their flame; on the other side, in echo, a children's choir from a tiny school in Corrientes or Resistencia. Is the man who walks this tightrope doing it in his sleep or is he part of a dream? By the end of the film, he can't decide whether he's dead or mad.
Melingo has released two previous albums of tango (Santa Milongo and Maldito Tango), and has played in the UK on a few occasions including the RFH with Bajofondo, the Barbican supporting Yasmin Levy, and at the Union Chapel.
File under: World/Argentina/Tango
- 1 CD - 0h 50mn 23s
release date. 2012-01-09