Genaro (4 stars)



(Benbecula Records)


There is a fine line in the risky profession of innovative guitar music between brilliance and wanksmithery and Benbecula signings Genaro appear to tread this with glee. Still, the majority of their debut sits on the right side of the divide, glowing with a warmth that often eludes their more calculated contemparies.

The introduction to the cinematic ‘Garp 52’ is really quite brilliant, recalling the hopelessness of a post rock ‘House of the Rising Sun’ with the rest of the song building into a dark country foot stomper. Certain points trail off into what harsher listeners would deem self-indulgence, but on songs like ‘Breakout’ they brew a powerful moonshine mix of pop sensibilities and swirling psychedelic guitars.

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