Argentinas Flavio Mandinga, one of the founding members of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, has crafted a solo project that explores various sonic textures and defies genre classification. Simply listen to Ministra, a rocksteady-tempo track seemingly inspired by early UB40 with a touch of psychedelics. Later comes Polaroid 66, which draws from Brazilian ´80s rock via its soft guitar and drum patterns. Doo-wop tune La Herida brings further eclecticism, with bittersweet lyrics detailing the pain of a broken heart that will never mend. Then the album meanders into ´60s-style territory with the straight-ahead rocker Oportuna. Yet another highlight is Cristina, which contains elements of cumbia blended with electronic beats by DJ Bochokenado, who also guests on the bolero-tinged Tropicana So. In a CD with so many divergent tendencies, weaker moments are inevitable. Retirada Murguera Porteña, an instrumental track, completely fails to excite; the same goes with the rockabilly-inflected De Story of De Loko. But despite these two shortcomings, Supersaund 2012 is a pleasantly challenging work. Fans will likely take some time to get the albums concept, but once that happens, the music might just stick for a long time.
Get the Music Newsletter
Keep your thumb on the local music scene each week with music news, trends, artist interviews and concert listings. We'll also send you special ticket offers and music deals.