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Leandro Kalén — La M​ú​sica del Tren
(Bandcamp no#, 2022, DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2023-06-12

La M​ú​sica del Tren Cover art

Leandro Kalén is an Argentinean composer and multi-instrumentalist who first came to our attention via his participation in the album Above and Below: The Music of Allan Holdsworth Volume 1, where fourteen different artists each take a crack at one of Holdsworth’s compositions. It was released at the end of 2022, and Kalén managed to appear on the album three times, once on his own and twice collaborating with other musicians, in addition to production credits and the album cover design. His primary gig seems to be producing music for films, theater, and games, and has around nine releases prior to this one. Of late his interest seems to be in creating miniatures — short pieces of music featuring full instrumentation and voices, presumably as fragments or vignettes to be used as film music. On La Música del Tren one can feel the busy pace of the train, passengers’ voices in the background on almost every one of the nine tracks, the music seeming to tell that story using piano, fretless bass, electric guitar, clarinet, organ, synths, jews’ harp, percussion, and more, offering a variety of styles to tell the story of the train, often with a distinctly Latin American flavor. One track, “Hay Ricas Chipas,” is reprised again on one of the later cuts. Most of the pieces clock in at around a minute or so, the longest coming in at just under two minutes and the shortest at seventeen seconds! The entirety of the nine cuts is over in around twelve minutes. Not a lot of information is given, but what is here is uniformly excellent and tells the story well.

Filed under: New releases, 2022 releases

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