Weirdy Latin psychedelia project forgets to pack the tunes
Catalan folk songs and glitchy, sample-strewn electronica may not sound like the easiest fit, but Savath & Savalas have done it. ‘La Llama’ is the latest offering from Prefuse 73’s Guillermo Scott Herren and his partner Eva Puyuelo Muns, who along with recent recruit Roberto Carlos Lange have attempted to conjure up modern equivalents of South American psych records. The concept is pleasant at first, but pretty soon the repetitive nature of each soundscape – clipped beats, soft Catalan/Castellano vocals and the odd bash, pluck, bird-call and random tinkle – starts to make NME jittery. We’re ripping out clumps of hair, pleading on our knees for a hint of a hummable melody or chorus, but no can do. Meanies.