Maresia (The John Colby Sect)
Galicians tend have a fierce independent spirit, and this quartet are no different, singing in their native tongue and not afraid to split their band members between Galicia and London. Theirs is a sound that mixes up the organ-led heavy mood sound of 60s garage with occasional forays into the tropicalist/psychedelic world. They are basically a less hermetically-sealed version of Allah-Las, and with better tans.Pretty much every song here is a hypnotic vision of sun-kissed serenity. From the opening killer jangle of ‘Pequeno Selvagem’, with its exquisite, restrained fuzz guitar solo, to the funky chops of ‘Kala-Mala’ through to the delicate Velvets/Stereolab drone of ‘Ervas’ (with prog-organ-wiggly ending!) - everything they touch works. The tense, shiftless shuffle of ‘Faz-me’Mal’ could even be a hit single, given the right nudge. Maresia’s beguiling charm unfurls a little more on each listen, and it’s just a shame it isn’t a bit longer than ten tracks.
As Tender Prey doesn’t speak Portuguese it’s hard to confirm whether the press release that refers to the inspirations of “magical realism and mid-Twentieth Century Portuguese experimental poetry” is indeed accurate. Still, it beats complaining about your woman, which is the default setting of 98% of garage bands.
For fans of Allah-Las, Mystic Braves and Jacco Gardner, there’s much to rejoice here on this idiosyncratic LP. Sometimes clean and serene is the only way forward.
Maresia is out now
BY PHIL ISTINE
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