Boomkat Product Review:
Smiling C scan the annals of Mexican experimental jazz artist Germán Bringas between 1991-2000, covering bountiful strains of sax and new age electronics
There comes a point in every earnest listener’s habits and tastes when new age possibly curdles into nuisance and, for this set of ears, that point has been achieved with ‘Tunel Hacia Ti.’ It’s flush with expressive multi-instrumentalist strokes, vamps, and vibes, but unfortunately they mostly aren’t landing well on the receptors today; it all sounds a bit cloying and nudges us to move on to something else. But anyone with a higher tolerance for sax and synths right now (tbf i just had my jab and aversion may be a side effect?) may well got lost in Bringas’ wistful world building and mazy narratives. Maybe we just need a sangria and some sun?
“Sixteen unheard works from Mexican jazz synesthete, Germán Bringas. Bringas plays with a delicate balance between experiment & pastoral spaciousness, sounding like Coltrane scoring a Tarkovsky film. To Accompany this release, we’ve made a documentary about Germán’s life. Tunel Hacia Tí (Tunnel Toward You) is a collection of early compositions by Germán Bringas of Portales, Mexico City. This album features songs from his lost cassette ambient jazz opus, "Caminatas" (Hikes), it’s spiritual successor, "Exposción Al Vacio" (Vacuum Exposure), and unreleased works created between '91-'00. Every instrument heard on this release was played by Bringas, and recorded in a studio in the back of his home.”