Sun City Girls, 'Funeral Mariachi' (Abduction)

Funeral Mariachi
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 26, 2010
Label: Abduction

by christopherschultz

Following the 2007 death of drummer Charles Gocher, Sun City Girls decided to conclude their befuddling, ethno-punk improv odyssey that has spanned 27 years and more than 50 full-lengths. Final statement Funeral Mariachi is a showcase of their lush, accessible side while remaining as peculiar as ever -- gorgeous John Fahey-gone-Middle Eastern fingerpluck is broken up by punky toy horns, and pan-global acoustic skronk is chopped up into a schizophrenic radio collage. However, the album's B-side is classically cinematic, playing like a bleak tribute to Morricone, a bleary slow-motion exhalation of moan, drone, and twang.

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