Kampec Dolores - "Sitting on the Buffalo"
(ReR KD2, Hungary 2000)
From Aural Innovations #15 (April 2001)
Kampec Delores are a new folk rock band from Hungary. They are a five piece folk rock band with a female singer, who play very minimalist compositions with a lot of strange time signatures. The opening song, Sitting On The Buffalo is a very cool song, but hard to describe. The band mid in some minimal space sounds in the interludes between the main song and use different instruments like sax, bagpipe, flute and violin on many of the tracks. Tan Naa Ne is a almost totally vocal and drum track with some horns in between the vocal phrasing. The liner notes say it is a traditional Tamil Indian song from southern India. Quite strange. Next up is Fifteen, which has a very cool guitar line and some bagpipe and sax. The band really experiment at the end with some wild sax, violin, and samples. Gabi, has a very unique voice, which some will like and others not. Yürüyorum is a traditional song that is sung in Turkish. Walk is a strange track as the beat is very weird, like it is off a bit but also kind of addictive in a way. This nearly 9 minute song is very experimental. The track Small Cloud 1 is one of the strangest things I have ever heard. IT is as if someone recorded a very strange conversation between Gabi and some aliens. Far out stuff. The CD ends with a shortened radio version of Sitting On The Buffalo. I know this is not space rock but it is a very cool CD that really grows on you. If you want something totally different, unlike anything you have in your collection, pick it up.
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Reviewed by Scott Heller