Valser, Dana / Antiguo
Album: Antiguo   Collection:General
Artist:Valser, Dana   Added:Nov 2016

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-11-30 Pull Date: 2017-02-01
Week Ending: Jan 15 Jan 1 Dec 18 Dec 11 Dec 4
Airplays: 2 1 1 3 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jan 14, 2017: Old Fart at Play
Cantantes Antiguas
4. Dec 17, 2016: Old Fart at Play
Cantantes Antiguas
2. Jan 12, 2017: a strange pursuit
El Pasado
5. Dec 10, 2016: Narnia
El Pasado
3. Dec 29, 2016: 1102026
El Pasado
6. Dec 08, 2016: 1100866
El Pasado

Album Review
DJ Away
Reviewed 2016-11-30
Heartbreaking, eerie, minimal folk from Spain. Valser’s not messing around when she calls this record “Antiguo.” This music sounds truly old, from the classical guitar playing to the slight tonal flatness of Valser’s vocal styling, which reminds me of old Sephardic music or field recordings of traditional Spanish songs. The music is steeped in blues and country, too, and features a fair amount of slide guitar and pedal steel. This is a phenomenal, spine-chilling singer-songwriter record. Favorites: 1, 4, 8, 9. No FCCs detected.

1. *(3:03)—Starts with a wordless lament. Flows with no fixed tempo. Splashes of banjo.
2. (3:00)—Slow, with peals of lap steel. Valser sings in a high register.
3. (3:40)—Semi-slow, bluesy slide guitar. “And so I ask the mountain, but the mountain says nothing.”
4. *(4:03)—Slow, with a long acoustic intro. Devastating lap steel (or is it bowed guitar?).
5. (2:44)—Very slow, almost gothic. Picks up and becomes almost bouncy.
6. (4:33)—Starts with sawing, droning acoustic guitar. Then slows to ultra-minimal strummed guitar and wavering sorprano.
7. (3:29)—Droning electric and acoustic guitar. Plodding, minimal beat.
8. *(4:05)—Waltz-time. In a major key, but still melancholy. Wistful, hair-raisingly beautiful. High, lonesome pedal steel.
9. *(7:14)—Starts with very slow, bluesy guitar and subtle drone. Goes full western drone for the final three mintues. Wow. “Everyone has a bad history, a history that does not die.”

Track Listing
1. Vuelo   5. La Inmigrante
2. Cantantes Antiguas   6. Entre Mis Piernas
3. La Montaña   7. Padre
4. Oh Olvido   8. Una Manta De Lana
  9. El Pasado