The first Savath & Savalas album, 2000's 'Folk Songs for Trains, Trees, and Honey' is a low-light blend of laidback percussion, live instruments, and Herren's trademark glitchy computer-aided designs, which all falls quietly between the ambient-electronica and post-rock genres. The second Savath & Savalas album, 'Apropa't' emerged from Guillermo Scott Herren's adopted Barcelona in 2004.
Golden Pollen, Scott Herren's third album as Savath & Savalas, starts off familiarly enough with wavy, modulated tones. But he seems much more interested in actual songwriting, rather than the mood-building he constructed with earlier album. Indeed, "Estrella de Dos Caras" is as straightforward as Herren has ever written. Golden Pollen also sees Herren taking the primary role as vocalist, which flattens the album some. Even though he layers his voice to give a choral effect like on "Paisaje," his shortcomings and inexpressiveness still creep in. But the music.
On Golden Pollen, however, he chooses to rely on his own voice, and because of this, ends up with a much more intimate record.
To be sure, Herren's new Savath & Savalas album, Golden Pollen, would make a terrible hip-hop record.
On occasion though, the set can be downright boring. 40. It's very easy on the ear, but, as on the Jose Gonzalez collaboration Estrella De Dos Caras, it needs focus.
Savath & Savalas is just one man, and he may be the States' best answer to Argentina's Juana Molina.
Golden Pollen is the type of album that lasts beyond the reach of any one style or fad. You gotta respect that, as well as the fact that, though he’s one of the biggest names in his field, he’s still pushing himself to go that much farther. If all producers had his kind of drive, there’d be no war. Perhaps more drugs, though, but that’s a trade-off I’m all for. 1. Intro2.
Since Golden Pollen is about 89% rooted in atmosphere and texture and about 11% rooted in melody, it seems appropriate to describe it in terms of immediate, one-word impressions. As on past Savath & Savalas efforts, Chicago "post-rock" mainstay John McEntire co-produces. The influences of McEntire bands like Tortoise and The Sea and Cake can be heard in the lilting, minor chords and ever-so-dissonant undertone of tracks like "Paisaje" and "Mi Hijo", which was written for Herren's son. McEntire also helps lend the album its clear, careful, sealed-off sound - the sonic netherworld in which Golden Pollen exists. In a rare occurrence for an album these days, Golden Pollen builds in strength and emotion from beginning to end. In a stunning suite, the lighter-than-air, mesmerizing acoustic guitars of "Vidas Animadas" lead right into the almost-jazzy "Tormenta de la Flor".
|Intro - An Ode To Luiz Bonfa (Introspection Era)||1:24|
|Mi Hijo (Alejandra Elias Deheza-Herren)||5:55|
|Te Amo...¿Por Que Me Odias?||4:59|
|Estrella De Dos Caras||4:30|
|Tormenta De La Flor||2:22|
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