Pasa Tem­pos Poco Loco in the Coco, Vol. 4 and Moon Duo’s Oc­cult Ar­chi­tec­ture, Vol. 1

Poco Loco in the Coco, Vol. 4 (Univer­sity of Vice Spain)

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Camp taste, in music at least, seems to have gone out of fa­vor. We like our mu­si­cians sin­cere and our cul­tural in­flu­ences ac­knowl­edged, if not worn on our band’s sleeves. That all goes out the door with the Poco Loco in the Coco se­ries, a cu­rated mix of for­eign “ex­ot­ica” culled from 45s re­leased as dance party nov­el­ties among tiny Amer­i­can record la­bels in the 1950s. Over-the-top chas-chas, clown­ish record­ings of Asian rock bands, and “Ara­bian swing” groups rule the day here. Pu­tu­mayo or Sound­ways this is not. But that’s not to say this music does not pro­vide a pleas­ant (mostly non-ironic) lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. “Cha-Cha Be­bop” by Los Al­bi­nos, lives up to its name, ef­fortly pair­ing a Herb Alpert and the Ti­juana Brass treat­ment to a scat-singer’s be­bop groove. The smooth or­gan crests that sil­hou­ette “Ab­dul the Cool” wouldn’t be out of place on a Booker T & the MG’s al­bum, were it not for the song’s odd licks of Ara­bic gui­tar. The Goyos’ Cats per­for­mance of “Mez­cal” — its title is a cheesy play on words — is es­sen­tially a re­verb-heavy cover of “Tequila.” On “Dragon Walk” Johny’s Gui­tar blends 1950s R&B with Asian gongs and strings. If Wes An­der­son and John Wa­ters ever go in on a movie to­gether, here’s where they are com­ing to source their sound­track. — Casey Sanchez

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