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***After a decade-long absence Monterrey, Mexico's Los Llamarada return with a brand new album! Many will remember the band’s original run through the aughts that brought three stellar albums on the wonderful S-S label, and many EPs and CDRs of post punk, no wave and psychedelic experimentation. The band's time was abruptly cut short due to lineup changes and the climate of paranoia brought about by the cartel wars of the area. But with increased stability the band has reformed and picked up right where they left off.
Space and Time sees Los Llamarada experimenting with new ways of creation. The first major shift is opting for a digital studio recording as opposed to the trusty Tascam 4-track recordings of their past. While the band’s previous forays into the studio had yielded unsatisfactory results, this time around they used local punk legend Chuck Bubble’s home studio, which gave a more comfortable feel and allowed the band to improvise more freely. The sessions saw long-time member Estrella Ek Sanza return to her role on keyboard and vocals, which served as a turning point, reigniting the influence of chance, accidents, and the allure of the unknown. Mishaps were seized upon, allowing for new interpretations and new directions.
On Space and Time, originally released digitally and as a limited edition cassette by Registros El Derrumbe, Los Llamarada’s sound continues to be as unique and powerful as ever. There is an undeniable influence from the post-punk sounds of bands like Wire and The Fall, but the band frequently pushes into more experimental territory. With improvisation being such a key component to their work, they often create a buzzing psychedelia with keyboards, synths and electronics complimenting fierce and attacking fuzz guitar. Estrella and Sagan trade vocal duties, and sometimes duet (intentionally or unintentionally); each of their distinct deliveries act as repetitious focal points for songs that seem to swirl right up to the brink of losing control. Another major shift comes in the first ever major role of outside collaborators with the band. Their friends Beto Gonzalez and Lorena Quintanilla from Lorelle Meets the Obsolete played a pivotal role in developing the record, and their contributions further the eccentric sounds of this communal creation.
Los Llamarada’s return is a welcome one—the band returns to form, as if a decade was only a month or two, giving long-time listeners a familiar record that continues to push boundaries, and first-time listeners as good a starting point as any for understanding the magnitude of their work.