Friday, October 31, 2008
Rancho Relaxo - Look At The Wall, Son/Harmony And Rockets (Norway 2007/8)
RANCHO RELAXO - Look At The Wall, Son (2007)
(mp3-zip, 10 tracks, 46,6 MB,@VBR 192k )
(mp3-zip, 3 tracks, 12,5 MB, @VBR 192k)
Recording session at Tilla Studio
Don't know very much about this band from Norway. RANCHO RELAXO seem to come from the westcoast of Norway and there are at least four guys involved (Inge Kjetil: voc, g, Ole: g, Martin: bs and Khalil: dr.)
Martin: bs Ole: g
They have a great late 80s/early 90s neo-psych sound that reminds me somehow of the FEELIES – slightly depressing but nevertheless happy sounding at the same time. Guitar chords repeated over and over, never too fast, never too excited, but quite atmospheric. Don't expect any improvised heavy krautrock jamming here. The tracks are very much in some kind of song format, but nevertheless somehow dreamy and a little bit strange, with vocals merging very well with the soundscape, never too up-front.
RANCHO RELAXO have two recordings on offer here: a 10-track album called "Look at the Wall, Son" (2007) and a 3-track EP called "Harmony Rockets" (2008). Both are licensed and distributed freely via Jamendo.
One has to wonder about the band's name, which probably wasn't that good a choice, for there exists at least one more band with a similar name, that (to my knowledge) is rooted in the techno/electronic movement.