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Laura by Diego Garcia
Released: Apr 2011
Label: Nacional Records
On his solo debut, Elefant frontman Garcia both sticks close to his band's formula and puts his stamp on it. Laura is dipped liberally in Elefant's gauzy shimmer of '60s rock (by way of post-punk). But where Elefant focused on avant-garage, Garcia reconstructs Greenwich Village, circa 1963. In his version, the folk revival came of Donovan, David Bowie, some girl groups and nueva cancion singers like Silvio Rodriguez and Victor Jara creating a super-group and playing a hootenanny with Iron and Wine. Everything here is gut-wrenchingly gorgeous, from the mournful melodies to the muted textures.
Rachel Devitt
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