Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Clim The Cliff/Madison Ave-Madison Area

Antena - Camino Del Sol

Another off-beat find from the outstanding Numbero Group...not going to be a connection for most folks here, arguably....but we love the spirit of this find and, for those open for new discoveries on the musical front, much of what the NumberoGroup does is just pure joy---from horrifically rare early 70`s soul, wildly rare power pop(Yellow Pills: Prefill) to his Jacques Brel-esque slice of a French pop find. From the label itself, the story of this p articular release: "This record almost didn`t happen. It was an accident. A cheap gamble. A $4.99 lottery ticket marked VG++. I knew nothing about "Camino Del Sol" when I saw it sitting misfiled in my local record shop`s "Psych/Garage" bin, but there was something about the elegant simplicity of its jacket that said "This record will probably get you laid." Thinking back, the record was probably tucked away on purpose by someone who forgot their wallet.

Upon first listen it was obvious that this wasn`t a garage record. Drum machines, synths and harpsichord do not a garage record make. Instead, I was treated to a lush mix of "Desafinado Plays" and "Autobahn" misted with a French pop sensibility. The 12" EP was flipped over and over throughout that weekend. Friends dropped by only to have to listen to me gush about Antena until they begged me to play it. They were forced to sit my sofa while I pontificated about it being the kind of music you listen to while playing cards." "The newly formed vinyl junkie reissue label, Numero, sniffed this truffle, and has released it between more traditional reissues of a rare soul compilation and a power-pop box set. Camino del Sol was originally a five-song twelve-inch from 1980, but was later expanded to a full-length by Crepuscule in 1982 with added singles. This reissue further expands the release with the "Seaside Weekend" single, two unreleased tracks ("Frantz" and "Ingenuous"), and new artwork. With any justice, it will bring new light to a lost gem, as similar reissues did for Os Mutantes, whose adolescent dementia influences this record`s tropicalia songs ("The Boy from Ipanema", "Sissexa"), and Shuggie Otis, whose piquantly primitive drum machines propel each track. So much hidden influence lies in these songs. The wonderful opening punch of "To Climb the Cliff" and the title track predate Stereolab`s Gainsbourg-gone-Kraftwerk by over a decade, and Air`s cool, Parisian sex by nearly two. Tortoise directly lifted the syncopated synthetic funk of "To Climb the Cliff" on their equally rare seven-inch, "Madison Ave/Madison Area"."-