Album Review: Spanish Prisoners - Gold Fools
Full review at Inyourspeakers.
Originating in England during the Elizabethan period of the late 16th century, the “Spanish Prisoner” is held to be the oldest, most widely recognized confidence trick in history. The artful grifter would approach a “mark” (the victim) and tell him a convincing story about a wealthy, high-status compatriot imprisoned in Spain under a false identity. With empty promises of a handsome reward and marriage to the prisoner’s beautiful daughter, the con artist would trick the mark into contributing funds to secure the prisoner’s release.
However, one surely does not need to resort to trickery and deception to persuade others to listen to the self-described “tremolo-haze headphone symphonies” of Brooklyn indie-rock outfit Spanish Prisoners. As a matter of fact, their latest release, Gold Fools, is available for free download on Bandcamp and was named one of the “Five Best Bandcamp Albums of 2011” by NPR. In creating this collection of spacey, fuzzed-out, psychedelic tunes, the band drew on the musical influences and experimental spirit of bands from the late ’60s and early ’70s, such as German kraut-rockers Can and Brazilian Tropicalismo founders Os Mutantes. The result is a hazy mélange of twangy, surf-rock inspired guitars, punchy drums (both acoustic and electronic), swirling keyboard/synth melodies, and the trading of dreamy male and female vocals that are just short of hypnotic.