This recently reissued cult classic from Mexico’s ’70s psych movement is an effortless gem. Manuel Alejandro concocts one intoxicating arrangement after another putting this record squarely between sounds both conventional and rebellious. “Un Muneco De Madera” starts the record off with dreamy keys that open up to Sola’s vocals that are as warm as they are soft. “Oye Mama, Oye Papa” follows and is even more upbeat and playful. This sweet sounding track is punctuated with a full orchestra that brings exciting flourishes to the bossa nova beat. “Tabu, Tabu” opens side b with a shamelessly funky afro-cuban rhythm. Sola’s vocals are the most powerful here, veering this track into psychedelic rock territory. This record is a must for those who love far out sounds and is a perfect jumping off point for those ready to journey into Mexico’s rich psych movement.
– Tana Yonas
Un Muneco De Madera, Oye Mama Oye Papa, Tabu Tabu