Slang – Gut String Memoirs
Oct. 7, 2013
This project, Gut String Memoirs, from an artist who resides in the Philippines and is simply known as Slang, is a nice blend of Latin and a bit of World music. Slang shows here that he is quite knowledgeable about the nuances of flamenco music and proves that his instrumental skills are up to the task (he plays all instruments except the Hammond B3 organ which is played by one Pierre Grill, a Hawaiian resident and a popular figure there).
I wouldn’t consider all of this material as exotic, melodically pleasing, or as fiery as I like my flamenco/Latin music, but Slang does shine on many tracks that possess a decent melodic flair. Of course, there are those who will find the entire project most appealing.
Among the tracks where I felt the heavy presence of the Latin vibe I always seek in this type of project would be the lead track “Bangka to Station 3,” which also hints at a World feel, the mid-tempo “Be One,” the snappy, up-tempo “Echoes of Tabon,” another track that reaches out to include some elements of World music, the very decidedly Flamenco “Sand Steps to Twilight,” (perhaps my favorite track here), and the slow, very melodic and exotic “Wat Lok Molee.”
Gut String Memoirs has that something to which most Latin music lovers can relate. It definitely shows that the artist is more than capable of producing appealing material, and I do look forward to whatever else he has to offer in the future. – Ronald Jackson