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virus347 (2005) CD - $12.00

Avant-Americana from the Denver hive that gave us Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Munly, Lilium, Devotchka, and 16 Horsepower. This time the atmosphere is from the far evening reaches of the Argentinian Pampas, with nods to all the above artists plus a liberal dose of Ennio Morricone.

John Rumly/Slim Cessna's Auto Club is on steel pedal and keys, Daniel Jon Granbois is on bass again, producer Bob Ferbrache/Blood Axis is on main guitars and keys, and Kal Cahoone/Lilium adds her special vocals to this atmospheric dreamy concoction!

"From the same deep dark part of Colorado (umm... Denver!) that brought us the dark swampy dirge folk of the mighty Sixteen Horsepower, comes the mysterious and lovely Tarantella. Featuring an unlikely pedigree (Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Blood Axis) Tarantella, are equal parts Calexico's desert mariachi twang, 16HP's creepy Biblical swampfolk with a bit of bolero, a touch of tango and just a pinch of that Decemberists-y Victrorian shuffle. A dark and swoonsome swirl of mournful strings, shuffling rhythms, warm washed out guitars, plenty of twang and the torch song vocals of Kal Cahoone, who you might recognize from her contributions to the gorgeous Short Stories record, from 16HP side project Lilium, her vocals a raw mix of PJ Harvey swagger and Cat Power moody mumble. Here, her vocals are the focal point, rich and warm and dripping with emotion, occasionally singing in Spanish, a deep sultry croon, wrapping you in its deliriously dangerous embrace. Definitely for fans of Calexico, Howe Gelb, Friends Of Dean Martinez, 16 Horsepower, M. Ward, Cat Power, PJ Harvey and all that smolders and twangs."
- Aquarius Records

"Roky Erickson teams up with Ennio Morricone and the two talk Siouxsie Sioux into singing in Spanish for their Southwest-tinged surf band."
- Razorcake



1. "Esqueletos" (6:11)
2. "A Chi Sa Dove Sara" (3:05)
3. "Dark Horse" (2:45)
4. "Un Ano de Amor" (3:34)
5. "Elder Tree" (3:18)
6. "Mexican Wine" (3:29)
7. "Misa Gringa" (3:44)
8. "Southern Cross" (4:16)
9. "San Telmo" (3:15)
10. "Dame Fuego" (8:33)
11. "Bonus Track # 1" (3:22)
12. "Bonus Track # 2" (3:28)


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