Carlos Cutaia - Orquesta
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Emotional Rescue end the year with a bang, taking us on a journey to mid 80s Argentina and the highly sought after 2nd solo album of Carlos Cutaia. Taking inspiration from the new electronic sounds emanating from Europe, the multi-instrumentalist married his own melancholy with strange synth grooves for a unique and classic "nueva wave" album. Classically trained, Carlos Cutaia started as a composer for dance and theatre, before spending much of the 70s as a member of a number heavy rock, prog rock and rock-fusion bands of some note, before finally going solo with the "City Of Distant Tones" album in 1983. By the time of his second solo album in 1985, his country had finally left behind a long period of military control and Carlos was fully immersed in the new electronic pop sounds imported with hungry ears from Europe. Teaming up with fellow composer, keyboardist and producer, Daniel Melero and Alejandro Oucinde, the futurism of Kraftwerk and Gary Numan's Tubeway Army was embraced, but also adapted to fit their native land. The swaggering "Visiones Incomunicadas" sets the template with its sharp drum machines and nonchalant, half spoken vocals, while chopped guitar and smart synth lines fit the over riding feeling of detached wit. It's not all John Foxx vocals and sharp lines though, the anthemic "Programacion" bursts out of the Euro-pop straight jacket and the piano ambient pieces "Aproximacion Dos" and "Aproximacion Uno" suggest Erik Satie and minimalism are not far away. However, it's B-side opener "Sensacion Melancolica" which captures the sound to perfection. A Balearic masterpiece which, as its title suggests, delivers the over-riding atmosphere of unexplained sadness and loss.