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Boomkat Product Review:
Tango is one of those genres rarely touched by the palsied hand of experimental music, and with due reason. There’s something undeniably cheesy about dancing around like a mannequin throwing flowers about willy nilly, but at the same time this makes it a prime target for Ipecac’s legion of avant-jesters to pillage. The Tango Saloon is the project of Australian multi instrumentalist Julian Curwin along with his 15 piece band playing brass, strings, woodwind and percussion. What we end up with is a hyper-talented avant-rock ready collective trying their hand at a form of music more associated with soundtrack producer extraordinaire Ennio Morricone. Ipecac have already dipped their toe into Morricone’s water after they released the essential complilation ‘Crime and Dissonance’, and this sees them take a more contemporary route. Curwin was apparently influenced heavily by Mr. Bungle in making this record and it shows, there’s that same kind of irreverent attitude and heavy charm, as if a punk band actually practiced their instruments but kept the snottiness and disregard for others, and this is exactly what elevates ‘The Tango Saloon’ from mere novelty to something far more worthy. It’s not a perfect album by any means, the incessant Tango experimentation can get tiresome after a bit, but its a worthy effort. Recommended.