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Savath & Savalas, ‘Golden Pollen’ (Anti-)

Formerly a collaborative project with vocalist Eva Puyuelo, Savath & Savalas is now another solo pseudonym for Guillermo Scott Herren. Golden Pollen has some of the laptop hip-hop fritz associated with his usual alias, Prefuse 73, but here it’s tucked away inside ornate arrangements: low-key woodwinds, delicate guitar and piano, and Herren’s plain-sung Spanish vocals. It all intertwines into a whole that’s lush, slo-mo, and mildly psychedelic. The album has its dull moments — lovely as some of the vocal melodies are, Herren’s strength is as an orchestrator. Still, fellow traveler RJD2 could stand to take notes.

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