Boomkat Product Review:
Music From Memory cast another yearning look over the shoulder to Suso Sáiz’s prolific streak of pearlescent ambient reveries and experimental expressions, coaxed from a variety of albums, including the cassette-only rarity Confidencias, plus a number of compilations, soundtrack works and unreleased recordings.
Since the late ‘70s, Saiz has been central to the Spanish experimental music scene, both with his pivotal group Orquesta de las Nubes and the studio project Música Esorádica, beside a number of releases for cult label Grabaciones Accidentales, home to those much loved Finis Africae records and Mechanica Popular - who were recently reissued on Dead-Cert Entertainment.
As a producer he’s worked with Steve Roach, Jorge Reyes, and Salif Keita, which should give a good indication of the open-ended aesthetic and approach he navigates throughout Odisea, encompassing a blend of natural and synthetic source material - guitar loops, synths, drum machines - woven with an awareness of worldly musical patterns, scales and atmospheres.
The first side tends to his more tranquil synth moods laced with licks of languid acoustic guitar, and the 2nd face introduces some really sexy, slow drum machine patterns and one really beautiful, lonely solo guitar piece recalling Loren Connors’ deserted blues.
His 2nd disc takes in some brighter, experimental electronics with the pulsating arpeggios of Una Gota Asfalto and the warm-but-icy ambi-pop vignette, Sé Que Estás Ahí, and a final side slips across the mind like a Balearic sunset to the subaquatic sound image of Odisea 3.
This is reel holiday-at-home tackle, highly collectible and warmly recommended to all the romantic types.