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Catch the Buzz: cholo

New York upstarts makes an unsettlingly pleasing racket.

By: Larry Fitzmaurice // July 25, 2008

Who? Like a blood red sunrise, there’s something vaguely unnerving about Brooklyn, NY’s cholo. Maybe it’s the eerie tonal resemblance vocalist Felipe Flores bears to fellow spine-tingler (Smog); maybe it’s the way that Flores and co-vocalist Rosa Bordallo harmonize in the offbeat fashion of John Doe and Exene Cervenka. It could be the out-there saxophone melodies and sharp chords that bring to mind flashes of Big Black and Naked City — in the end, however, what’s most disturbing is how cholo’s deceptively catchy hooks and thorny runs get caught in your eardrums like branches in your hair.

Their Latest: cholo’s sophomore effort, Unlimited Nights and Weekends, is out now.

Recommended if You Like… The Pixies, (Smog), X.

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