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Spanish singer and multi-instrumentalist Elena Setién enlists Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche on 'Moonlit Revereies', incorporating a distinctly Latin rhythmic flavor into her sparse and surreal folk-inspired songs.
Kotche was a huge fan of Setién's last album 'Unfamiliar Minds', so when he was touring Spain with Wilco, he tapped her to collaborate. The inspiration that they gave each other makes up the core of 'Moonlit Reveries', that emerged as the two fired ideas back and forth. Kotche sent Setién rhythms, and Setién sent back frameworks for her own songs, that he padded out with his drums. The intriguing aspect is that this album is markedly more Latin-influenced, rhythmically, than any of Setién's prior material - something that Setién admits is funny. "(It's) a somehow surrealistic way to get there," she says.
'Surfacing' is a great example of this, with Kotche's jerky, pattering rhythm pressurizing Setién's cool, reverberating voice and off-kilter analog synth growls. On some level, it's still folk music - Setién cites Bridget St. John as an influence - but Setién never lets her influences overwhelm her vision, peppering her songs with ghostly abstractions. The title track is another high-point, and Kotche's contribution is incredibly restrained, just a muted shuffle beneath Setién's exotica-inspired vibraphone chimes and breathy vocals. Very nice stuff.