Magazine article New Internationalist

[Radio Tarifa. Cruzando El Rio]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Radio Tarifa. Cruzando El Rio]

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* * * * = VERY GOOD

(World Circuit WCDo62 CD)

Radio Tarifa does not, as the band's debut album five years ago made clear, exist - or at least not in any tangible way. And yet Tarifa more than make up for this absence by filling it with some of the most inventive and haunting music to date.

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Their name suggests the fiction of a radio station based at the southernmost tip of the lberian peninsula, the point where Spain is closest to North Africa, and it's this imaginative space that Fain S Duenas, Benjamin Escoriza and Vincent Molino explore. From the first seconds of 'Osu', with its mesmerizing oboe-like cromornos sound, it's obvious that Cruzando el Rio is going to be good. Moorish melodies and fierce flamenco rhythms challenge one another throughout this album, as do the strangely compelling mix of medieval instruments and up-to-the minute studio techniques. …

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