Savath & Savalas / Apropa't
Album: Apropa't   Collection:World
Artist:Savath & Savalas   Added:Mar 2004
Label:Warp Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-05-31 Pull Date: 2004-08-02 Charts: Electronic, Reggae/World
Week Ending: Aug 8 Aug 1 Jul 25 Jul 18 Jul 11 Jul 4 Jun 27 Jun 20
Airplays: 1 1 1 3 5 4 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Jun 18, 2007: Captain Dee Finale: Part 2
Colores Sin Nombre
4. Jan 24, 2005: Selectronica
Um Girassol Da Cor De Seu Co
2. Jan 31, 2006: Sad Men's Club (Live from Coachella 2004 Edition)
Colores Sin Nombre
5. Jan 10, 2005: Go For Dover: Captain Dee's Top 21 Tracks of 2004
Te Quiero Pero Por Otro Lado
3. Feb 06, 2005: Dancing in Outerspace
Colores Sin Nombre
6. Nov 01, 2004: Go For Dover: Halloween Mashup
Te Quiero Pero Por Otro Lado

Album Review
Captain Dee
Reviewed 2004-05-30
Savath & Savalas is back with their second full album, and have evolved into something truly amazing. This is a Scott Herren (a.k.a. Prefuse 73) side project, so it should come as no surprise that the production and beats are top quality.

However, this is not trip-hop like you’ve heard it before. The whole album is based around a distinctly Spanish aesthetic, and centers upon the hypnotizing vocals (in Spanish) of Eva Puyuelo Muns. This might technically be electronica, but the album is more "organic" than a fucking vegetable farm.

The vocals are always somber, and the whole album has a very wistful (even sad) atmosphere. Though extremely accessible, the sound is multilayered and complex.

Please play this album!
All tracks are beautiful (and I really mean that), but I especially love 2, 3, 8, 9, 11.

- Captain Dee (Doug)

1. Short. Fuzzy noise replaced by wistful, fragmented guitars and harmonica. (1:07)
**2. Echoing vocals and rolling guitar melt into soft chimes and a slow, mesmerizing beat. Ends with a (nostalgic?) clarinet-harmonica duet over strumming guitar. Jesus Christ, this is incredible!! (4:33)
*3. Immediately launches into a muted but rockin’ hip hop beat. Layers of vocals almost seem to chant over distorted noise. (2:14)
4. No beat. Begins with female vocals over dark guitar strumming, then vocals fade into a wonderful mesh of horns, harmonica, chimes, and guitar. (3:01)
5. Rhythmic vocals over orchestra samples, noise and subtle clapping. Drums come in, and everything has an airy feel. Second half is another instrumental mesh. (3:24)
6. Piano and quiet train station samples are soon joined by rolling drums, horns, synths, vocals. This is very evocative of a train ride, somehow. (3:52)
7. Opens with piano, bizarre sounds. Understated beat, guitar, and oooh-ing vocals come in. Atmospheric interlude, then more developed synthesized beat. A certain tension pervades throughout. (3:34)
*8. Dramatic piano and sad vocals over breathy background vocals and chiming. A powerful (but restrained) beat joins in at parts. Sputters out in reverberations. (3:08)
*9. Cooing layers of vocals over beautiful guitar. As if sitting on the beach in an intensely nostalgic moment? (1:46)
10. Melodic duet of vocals, slow pulsating beat, high-pitched noises. Drums later change meter for a noisy interlude. Track fades in quiet soundscape. (3:30)
*11. Guitars seem surprisingly cheerful, with mutedly joyful chiming. Wistful chorus of breathy vocals. Transitions to cut-up synth loops, effusive guitar strumming. An intensely reflective track. (4:16)
12. Trippy vocals, unsettling piano and strings. Dramatic guitar interjections. Fades with a haunting (but lovely) soundscape of instruments. (3:29)
13. Short. Warm, cute interplay of synthesized sounds.
14. Surprisingly assertive vocals over glittering synths and piano. (2:06)

Track Listing
1. Introduction   8. Um Girassol Da Cor De Seu Co
2. Te Quiero Pero Por Otro Lado   9. Radio Llocs Espacials
3. Colores Sin Nombre   10. Dejame
4. Balcon Sin Flores   11. Por Que Ella Vino
5. A La Nit   12. Victima Belleza
6. Ultimo Tren   13. Interludio 44
7. Sol De Media Tarde   14. Sigue Tu Camino