Exposé Online banner

Cabezas de Cera — Música en Escala de Grises
(Fonarte Latino CDFL 1672, 2015, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2015-12-28

Música en Escala de Grises Cover art

CdC has never been a band to shortchange their listeners on packaging – I’m sure many will remember their first CD, which came packaged with a wooden jigsaw puzzle. Here we have a fourteen track album of music inspired by the 1920 German silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari directed by Robert Wiene, which on the surface tells the story about an insane hypnotist who uses a somnambulist to commit murders, although a deeper reading of the film may reveal more anti-authoritarian political ends, perhaps a premonition to the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party. Not to be outdone by any of their previous releases, Música en Escala de Grises is packaged in a thick quad gatefold package with pop-outs on every page, superbly illustrated by Amra (Ismael Olivares). Cabezas, now a duo of brothers Francisco and Mauricio Sotelo (on drums/piano/electronics and Grand Stick respectively) has pushed all the boundaries in creating this angular, sinister and twisted horror film soundtrack, exploring the darkest corners of a their sonic template with avant-garde abandon. I’m not even sure how some of the dark mysterious sounds herein were created, but they are indeed effective in conveying the malevolent nature of the film it interprets. To be fair, it’s not all ‘out there,’ it does rock with gusto and groove with a trance-like funkiness in parts also, but truly it is better taken as a whole for the complete experience.

Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Cabezas de Cera

Latest news

Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more

Adelbert von Deyen RIP – Word reaches us that German electronic musician Adelbert von Deyen has died. His recorded legacy reaches back to 1978, when Sky Records released Sternzeit. Von Deyen, who was born October 25, 1953 in Süderbrarup, was also known as a painter and graphic artist. » Read more

Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Djam Karet - Recollection Harvest – I have a dilemma about this CD. The band claims it’s actually two albums: the relatively heavy Recollection Harvest and the mellower Indian Summer. On one hand, this absolves them of the criticism...  (2006) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues