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Los Siquicos Litoraleños - Sonido Chipadelico lp (Sham Palace)

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"Sham Palace (USA) and Annihaya (Lebanon) are pleased to present from
the mystical locus of Curuzú Cuatiá, in Corrientes, rural northeastern
Argentina, Los Siquicos Litoraleños, with their first
international full-length release. The result: a unique triumph of
homegrown rural psychedelia, standing alone on the edge of an
unchartered vanguard. Los Siquicos have spent the past decade recording
and performing mountains of material and distilling it into a rare form
of ultra-cerebral roots music from the countryside; rich with strange
passion, beauty, experimentation, horror and humor. Corrientes sits in
the Argentine Mesopotamic region, in the area known as el Litoral.
Inhabitants of this region are known as Litoraleños. Los Siquicos
Litoraleños (The Psychics of el Litoral) aren't running from their
musical heritage, they are staring straight at it -- spinning it around,
refracting it, and transmuting it into something that is probably one
of the most genuine things that has happened to folk, rock, experimental
or psychedelic music in many years. Having met through various musical
projects in the mid-2000s, Los Siquicos formed as a trio in 2004,
determined to develop an unheard style of music. They created their own
genre -- Chipadelia, (a reference to the traditional chipá bread,
typical of northeast Argentina and Paraguay). It involves equalizational
demolition therapy -- which they describe as 'using sound to change
people's perceptions, and words to produce cognitive dissonance in order
to free the masses from the prison of fixed ideas and prejudices.'
Being a peripheral band living in a semi-rural town, Los Siquicos
remained outsiders to the Argentinian rock circuit for quite a while,
though their unpredictable live performances in Buenos Aires caused a
stir amongst the local scene. Their shows often feature extended
line-ups, with members cloaked in surreal gaucho costumes, playing
segments of free-music and altered versions of chamamé and cumbia tunes
influenced by the myriad regional gaucho dance bands. All the while,
projections of cows, fractals, UFOs and their beloved countryside play
out in the background. At home, they're affectionately referred to as
'El Pink Floyd de los pobres' -- the poor man's Pink Floyd. Over
time, the group has gained underground acclaim both nationally and
abroad after sending their signals out in the form of self-released CDs,
internet presence, and a handful of European tours. This collection has
been culled from multiple recordings made between 2005 and 2010. It
showcases some of the finest compositional moments in the group's dense
and damaged repertoire -- pitched-down cumbias soaked in dub brine,
swirling solar instrumentals, and surrealist, shamanic lyrics laid
across guitars, drums, tapes and electronics. Forty-four minutes of
deep, multi-fidelity electric and acoustic psychic sound-forms for a
better today. Los Siquicos Litoraleños are the contemporary group you
keep hoping exist, but can never find. If you were to reach for
spiritual comparisons, you wouldn't be forgetting the most spirited
moments from Sun City Girls, Butthole Surfers, Faust, Os Mutantes, Captain Beefheart or The Residents. Sonido Chipadelico
opens with the mind-melting psych-rocker 'Cinta Planeteria' -- like a
Latin American time-travel experiment gone wrong. 'Cachaka Espejo,'
'Tenemos Semillas' and 'No Sabemos Nada' reinvent cumbia radio tunes as
if heard from a distance of at least two blocks away on a dirt road in
the barrio, then deconstructed, propelled into the outer ether, and
beamed back into a burning dub transistor. 'El Chipa Chiriri' is a
subverted chamamé-styled track -- revealing the recipe for the local
Corrientes cheese bread. 'Necesita Ecualisacion' is a call for aural and
mental equilibrium encouraging change rapidly from the present state of
things to an improved and more complex, flexible state. The hypnotic
'Sirena Chunga y la Movida Solar' is perhaps one of the strangest
folkloric songs ever committed to tape -- not unlike what light must
hear when it travels inside of a vacuum. 'Si, Si, Si' is an uptempo,
angular anthem in collaboration with Dutch experimental duo Static Tics.
Also included is Los Siquicos' haunting acid-ballad cover of 'Quizás,
Quizás,' and much more -- further into the greater depths of sound and
surprise..." --Mark Gergis

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 09 December, 2013.

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