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Curve & Shake
Monday, 09.02.2015, 20:20
oh what a night...
Walter Salas-Humara (USA)
«The melting together of tradition and technology is a fascinating subject matter. It simply doesn’t allow me to keep on performing «Cuba» from anno 1987 just because people cannot open their ears to the new and expect me to resurrect that ancient stuff forever and again.»

Says the ballsy multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter himself. And listen to this: He was conceived in Cuba by parents of Galician ancestry and born in New York City, which may have set off his ongoing creative migration genetically and early on. And keep on movin’ on he did, physically and creatively, for the sake of change. From the founding of the influential alt-country-rock pioneers The Silos in 1985, who were influenced by a vital scene which made  them contemporaries of the late Byrds, Television, The Feelies and Green on Red. Movin’ on and changing to carve himself a solo career and getting involved in a multitude of projects (he’s an accomplished painter and visual artist as well), and piling on some other accomplishments. Like periodically bringing back the ever-evolving combo The Silos, at one time as a power trio. Most remarkable is his most recent album «Curve and Shake», it’s only his third solo album after «Lagartija» (1988) and «Radar» (1995) and it took in the neighborhood of 18 years to get done. The 10 songs on it are some of the best he’s ever made and he says it’s so himself. The compositions came about over time with the presence and help of friends and colleagues and the tracks were then recorded with various musicians in various sessions in the studio.

It’s a convincing collection of post-punk alt-rock songs, grounded but also visionary and apocalyptic, performed by a powerful and pretty eccentric artist who’s always kept on movin’ on and who once claimed that Marcel Duchamp spoke to him and telling him «Les peches marchent dans la rue.» Hey, so what, didn’t we see some fish dance the Cha-Cha-Cha in the icy Mississihl the other day? Walter, you’re not alone.

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