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El Festival de los Viajes - Self Titled (IMPORT) (CD)

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Origin: Argentina
Released: 2007
Catalog number: 2
The band – which features members of The Kahunas, Poseidótica, Jesus Martyr, FrentzMoon, and the metal-as-fuck Dragonauta - says it's “a mix between Ennio Morricone, some Kraut and even some Joe Meek vibes“ and that's pretty apt. The eight songs definitely have a Spaghetti Western vibe (especially the two part “El Nagual”), but they also have a haunting feel, sort of like watching a shamanistic ritual take place on the prairie at dusk. If Earth's Hex is an alternative soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man, then El Festival De Los Viajes has written a new score to The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

I hope that sounds intriguing enough, because El Festival De Los Viajes is definitely worth your time. After all, it's not every day that you hear something that leaves you speechless.

The music is calm and easy, and will immediately bring to mind the soundtracks of Ennio Morricone and the films of Sergio Leone: 'Once Upon a Time in the West,' A Fistfull of Dollars,' and so on. Twangy guitars, surreal cowboys with no name, and a voice singing intimately to you in Spanish. This music inspires visions, just like Morricone's music can, but you might also say just like Can, or Ash Ra Tempel, or Electric Magma, or Poseidotica for that matter. Pure mind paintings, with lyrics about spiritual death and psychedelic resurrection floating calmly against a lonely background of multicolored tumbleweeds and saguaros. Your personal issues brought to light and imploded. Hallucinations of beauty and terror.