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Buen Chico - The Seasons EP

by Al Brown Rating:6 Release Date:2011-03-28

It's hard to be totally objective about music sometimes, for a lot of reasons. Here's one example: you move to a new city with a supposedly amazing music scene, but you find it totally bereft of anything that pop music should be. It's full of boring bands doing it all wrong, only ever stopping to pat each other on the back and perpetuate their circle of crushing mediocrity. I'm talking about Leeds during the 'New Yorkshire' fad here, though it could probably apply to any underdeveloped 'scene' that the NME has thrust into the harsh spotlight of national attention. Anyway, after a hundred nights of terrible bands at shit venues you finally see a band which, while not perfect, have that spark; an unaffected way with a good melody; a sense that they think in the same way as you. So naturally you become a bit obsessive about them.

For me that band was Buen Chico, who are making a quiet comeback after a few years in hibernation. Like Vivaldi before them, they've taken the seasons as an influence for this EP. 'Summer' is peppy and optimistic, starting with some lazy, fuzzy guitar and "La la la la"'s and the line: "It's great being young/ especially in summer/ Your alarm clock/ can't harm you". The chorus throws in some minor chords and there's a spoken word bridge in which singer Morgan seems to be on the edge of tears ,so it's really all rather bittersweet and pretty.

'Autumn' is a bit slow; too slow really, with not much happening. Some blissful harmonies can't really drag it away from mediocrity. 'Winter' goes all funky on our asses; sounding on several occasions like it's going to break into 'Love is the Drug' by Roxy Music. Lyrically it's a bit dull though - an accusation that you could apply to the whole EP: the lyrics tend to be isolated observations on the seasons rather than anything personal or thought provoking, so although they're touchingly sincere (in a nature-loving, Jonathan Richman kinda way) there's no real insight into anything.

'Last Song' is a bit depressed sounding and a little bit Britpop: all stomping drums, Beatles references and slightly wonky attempts at being anthemic. At the end it kind of breaks out of that confusingness for some lovely, triumphal power-chords and it all seems worthwhile.

Buen Chico seem to be re-finding their identity with mixed results: I hope they stick to the task because, for reasons explained in the first paragraph, my love for them is as pure as any love in the world. Check out their first album on Spotify and tell me if I'm totally deluded.

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