Dull is dull in any language...
Matias Aguayo - The Visitor

These global house interpretations from Chile bear the ink of a foreign cartoon, making the Brit abroad ask: “What the hell is going on?”

As the tribally psychedelic and those with devil’s haircuts listen to international adventures and carnival knowledge, ‘Dear Inspector’ – the second track of this third album from Matias Aguayo – updates The Fast Show’s pan pipe players sketch. ‘By The Graveyard’ tackles ‘80s EBM and gothic dub, and ‘Do You Wanna Work’ peps up a plod by messing with sharp edges.

Aguayo’s slideshow mixes South American lustiness with traces of Eastern European line and length that represents his Berlin studio situation. Other than final track ‘A Certain Spirit’, the clearest crossover of irked techno and David Byrne-d, samba deconstruction, the melting pot (remember those aforementioned ingredients) that has gestated for five years ends up being served cold as gazpacho.

It loops and chants like a street show or busker’s blockade, making you take note as a spectacle’s getting in your way.

‘Una Fiesta Diferente’ seeks a holidaymaker cash-in by steadying the ‘Follow Me Follow Me’ off-roader, with ‘El Sucu Tucu’ aiming for reggaeton bounce. Still, ‘The Visitor’ struggles to reach out, appearing introverted in its broken mic’ mumbles, lacking boldness despite the near-blanket subtitling of getting loose, and finishing less-advanced than Aguayo’s debut solo LP ‘Are You Really Lost’ (though it shares common, trundling ground with his second, ‘Ay Ay Ay’).

“It’s not for us because it’s not what we’re used to,” the Brit abroad avoids saying, but dull is dull in any language.


Words: Matt Oliver

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