Between Psychedelic Doom and Space Rock, a spellbinding debut from Australian band Borrachero
I tend to have a soft spot for debut albums. I don’t exactly know why. Maybe I’m just a stupid snob. (I mean, there are people like that, right?) Maybe I like to listen to bands when their sound is more adolescent or raw. However, I doubt that last statement can apply to Borrachero’s first release… On the contrary, their self-titled debut achieves an amazing maturity and mastership of the sound, while balancing doom, psychedelia and space rock influences to a perfect blend.
You’d better be warned: Borrachero plays the kind of music that fills up the entire space around you, wraps you up and takes you away on a journey to uncharted territories.
How is the sound?
Where to start? The discrete, yet irresistibly groovy rhythm section? The stunning guitar playing and solos? Or the clean, expressive vocals – you know, the kind of vocals that gives you chills? You decide… but on the whole, I’d say what defines Borrachero’s music best is this: a constant ebb and flow between dreamy atmospheres and crushing heaviness.
The 4th track of the album, “Braindead” – my personal favorite – sums it all up. It gets you entranced from the very first measures, starting with a slow, deep, hypnotic fuzzed up bass line – Don’t you just love that kind of sound? – followed by ethereal guitar notes straight out of space… and then there’s the voice. Soft, harmonious, bewitching. That’s just the introduction, though: the quiet of the beginning soon gives way to a faster, more aggressive sound, while still retaining the same groove and catchiness. At that point, it’s too late: you’re already under a spell, and you haven’t even heard the guitar solo yet.
The other songs are just as compelling, and when the final note of the album stops and you gently wake up from your reverie, you feel like you have completely lost track of time. Yes, that’s how good it is.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- It’s not often that you come across a debut album with such a level of maturity in the sound. Honestly. These guys are so talented it’s almost unreal.
In what situation you should listen to this album?
Chilling after a hard day of work. Lie down, relax, light up a fat one. Close your eyes. Everything is gonna be fine.
Braindead (Well, and all the others too)
For Fans Of
Stoned Jesus, Alice In Chains, Stone From The Sky, Cosmic Fall, Naxatras, Elder
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