Review: Look Mexico- Uniola (Tiny Engines)

Posted: August 13, 2016 in Reviews
Uniola cover art

 

I usually listen to a record at least a couple of times before I start writing anything about it. But halfway through the first listen to the first song, and I already am in love. This is some really beautiful indie rock, with a strong math feel to it. The intricate guitar lines swirl around, while the melodies and vocals seem to glide and soar above. The first two tracks are particularly strong. “Ride Or Die, Remember?” opens the album with a gorgeous track that’s simultaneously bouncy and dreamy. You can sense it in a straight 4/4 time, as an ethereal slow to mid tempo song, or you can take it as a double time track that skips and jumps playfully. Both songs are there, and both are truly engaging.

“Well, Kansas Ain’t What It Used To Be” is next up, and it’s more of a straightforward mid-tempo indie song, but laden with simple, yet effective hooks. The song has a martial feel, with a pretty strict beat, but it sparkles with guitar overtones and bent notes. And the interesting track titles continue with the third one, “You’re Lucky You Didn’t Lose An Arm.” It reminds me a little bit of a Vampire Weekend song, but with more complexity and repeating minimalist lines. “Ice? Yeah, You Could Chisel Some Off Your Heart…” is another great title, and another great song. Glittery melodies with hints of funkiness are, like on most tracks, a cover for lyrics that are a bit tougher. The closer is quite a bit different from the rest of the album. “That Was The Flame Thrower. Use The Rockets” is an understated instrumental, with piano and trumpet in the arrangement. It’s quiet and introspective, a perfect way to end an album full of songs containing songs of self-reflection. This is nice.

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Check it out: https://tinyengines.bandcamp.com/album/uniola

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