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Blistering darkwave goth rockets from Latin America’s legendary one-off synth group, reissued on vinyl for first time in 35 years - RIYL Xmal Deutschland, Lebanon Hanover, Cute Heels, heck-raising synth wave
Back in vinyl print for its first outing since 1987, the sole album by Euroshima packs a vital payload of hot-stepping 707 drum machine, needling guitars and melodramatic vocals for the ages. Upon original release ‘Gala’ earned the band a mean reputation in South America, but an in attendant label left it to the vultures and its since become a cult (read: expensive) preserve of collectors and goths of means.
Echoing the stylized pains of early ‘80s Northern England via Argentina, ‘Gala’ brings its own sexiness to the darkwave goth sound thanks to Wanda’s reverbating vox and a below-the-belt drive to guide the flounce and coquettish mating rituals of all-black clad dancers from Batley to Buenos Aires. Hearts will race to its nippy high points in tintinnabulating attack of ‘Sonrisas Fabricadas’, the prowling bass of ‘Como Los Ottos’, and the lip-bitingly tight title tune, along with more windswept Sisters of Mercy romance of ‘Ejército Del Odio’ to put your cold parquet floor-learned expressive dance lessons into action, or the end of night sashay ‘Esfumados Sueños.’