Thursday, April 9, 2009

Farmacia - Nosocomio Manicomio (Little Fury Things, 2008)

Farmacia - Side B (Delincuencia Juvenil / Palangana Parte 2 / Vas / Demonio 3 / Atendido Por Sus Propios Duenos)

I'm not even going to try to pretend like I know what these 3 dudes were up to when they decided to make Nosocomio Manicomio. Maybe things are different in Argentina. Maybe it's normal for a band like Farmacia to get completely fucked up and record a tape as riduculous as this.

It's pretty much all electronic stuff and for the most part, there are recognizable beats. So if this were straightforward, Nosocomio would be some popular electro dance tape that all the hipsters would play at their parties. Except this is anything but straightforward. In fact, it's the exact opposite of straightforward. Sometimes there's spacey spazzy electronic blips and whirring. Sometimes, like the second song on the A side, "Aguantadero," it sounds like Farmacia took maybe one hit too many and made the most bizarre, dissonant, vocal centered piece that probably sounded at the time like the best song they've ever written.

This tape is so far out there, it's hard to judge it in regular terms. I mean, of course I fucking love it. That kinda goes without saying. But I'm not really sure I'd say it's objectively good. Yeah, it's genius. But "good?" Maybe not. It's one of those albums where the individual songs aren't necessarily all that amazing on their own but when it all gets compiled, it turns out to be waaaaayy more than the sum of it's parts. I think the only exception to that might be the first song on the B side, "Delincuencia Juvenil." It's probably the most easy and accessible song on the whole tape and it's the one I look forward to most. It definitely stands as an awesome song all on it's own, without any context.

After playing Nosocomio Manicomio a hundred bazillion times, I'm no closer to really understanding it. It's almost like every time is the first time. No matter how many times I've heard it before, it still sounds completely new, different, and totally fucking weird. Of course, this means I'll be checking into the many previous CDs they've put out, if only the see if their always this insane.

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