Chamanas, The / Once Once
Album: Once Once   Collection:General
Artist:Chamanas, The   Added:Sep 2015
Label:Nacional Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-11-15 Pull Date: 2016-01-17
Week Ending: Jan 17 Dec 27 Dec 20 Dec 13 Dec 6 Nov 29 Nov 22
Airplays: 1 2 2 2 3 3 2

Recent Airplay
1. Dec 02, 2021: Magnetized Toner: Favorite Songs of the Decad... (rebroadcast from Jan 14, 2020)
Dulce Mal
4. Mar 03, 2016: Magnetized Toner
Dulce Mal
2. Oct 23, 2021: Music Casserole (rebroadcast from Dec 20, 2015)
Purple Yellow Red And Blue
5. Feb 11, 2016: radio seven (saint-valentin)
3. Jan 14, 2020: Magnetized Toner: Favorite Songs of the Decade [2010 - 2019] Conclusion
Dulce Mal
6. Jan 28, 2016: In The Year One Thousand, Eight Thousand [W16C]
Dulce Mal

Album Review
Telepathic Juan
Reviewed 2015-11-14
The Chamanas is a bi-national group (El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico) that calls their music “fronteriza” or “from the border.” Their debut album, Once Once, showcases a distinctive sound that is a hybrid of traditional guitar driven Mexican folk melodies and computer and synthesizer generated riffs and beats treated with a 1990’s Too Pure records approach. Complement this with a 1970’s AM Latin-American radio mainstream melodramatic pop tone and the breathy and occasional mournful vocals of singer Amalia Mondragon, and the result is an amalgamation that proves unique and particularly fresh for a band singing in Spanish these days. Inspired and timeless.

RIYL: Chicano Batman, Broadcast, Los Terricolas, Pram, Cafe Tacuba’s Reves/Yo Soy.

Recommended Tracks: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12

1. (4:20) Purple Yellow Red and Blue – Huapangoesque inspired guitar rhythms and a strong vocal interpretation are the highlights of this track. Right amount of electronic effects.
2. (3:22) *Maldad – Traditional corrido rhythms mixed over synthesizer produced melodies and beats. Slow and nostalgic.
3. (4:14) Alas de Hierro – 1970’s AM pop radio references here. Dramatic.
4. (4:01) **Dulce Mal – Slow and moving tune. The vocals hold all the tension in the track. Theatrical and more dramatic that the previous track.
5. (3:18) *11 11 – Another pop gem. Simplicity for the benefit of the track.
6. (3:29) Embrujo – Part two of previous track. More ambitious arrangements here. Pleasant melody.
7. (3:43) *El Cauca – Electrified charango guitar riff intro. Loud and calm rhythmic changes. Charming melody. Cool chorus. Reminiscent of late 1990’s Spanish alternative music.
8. (3:11) Pueblito – Mid tempo rhythmic composition with a melody that reminds me of Martika’s Toy Soldiers song.
9. (4:21) **Neblina – Stunning piece of music. 1970’s AM pop radio filtered through a faster rhythmic structured that brings to mind the electronic pop of Broadcast. Semi-tropical ending. My favorite track on the album.
10. (3:54) Las Penas – Latin-American folk rock that is part retro, part current. Dramatic and quite political overtones.
11. (3:34) **Inadvertida – Fine upbeat electro pop gem. Lovely vocal melody.
12. (4:21) *Desde Ayer – Delightful midtempo track with the right amount of theatrics.

Track Listing
1. Purple Yellow Red And Blue   7. El Cauca
2. Maldad   8. Pueblito
3. Alas De Hierro   9. Neblina
4. Dulce Mal   10. Las Penas
5. 11 11   11. Inadvertida
6. Embrujo   12. Desde Ayer