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Spanspek Album Review: Awahnichi - Five Hundred Seeds

Pos que pues everyone! Happy 2015 and all that! We hope all your years have started off well! And if they haven't well they're about to cause Spanspek Album Reviews are back!

First up in 2015 is the great new album from AWAHNICHI!
Awahnichi (Merced, CA)
Five Hundred Seeds

Let it be known that back in the day there was no better local band to me than El Olio Wolof. They were like Arcade Fire before that was even a thing. Twas a bummer when they broke up, which is why I'm so stoked that El Olio mastermind RC Essig is back with a brand new project! And listen folks, it's a good one.

With Awahnichi, Essig has taken the basic elements of El Olio Wolof (melancholy keyboards from Vanessa Hofmann, quietly strummed classical guitar, Essig's gentle voice) and beefed up the sound with the addition of drummer Dante Johnson. The overall effect is of a band that has experienced all the world has to offer. Each song, inspired by the varied creatures of the Yosemite Valley, feel lived in, rich with history.

"The Fox" is all head bobbing trickery, with a pretty nice hook to boot. "The Buffalo" treads authoritatively, it's protagonist ever searching while accompanied by touches of reverb, busy drums, and ever present organ.  Album closer "The Flood" builds to a satisfying crescendo as it tells of a rain dance raging out of control. Trumpets (from Brad Lee) blare as waves crash about the dancers, ending with a deafening silence. Emotions man! This album has em in spades!

What else is there to say folks? If you're an El Olio Wolof fan, you're gonna love this album. And if you're a fan of good music in general, you're gonna love this album. So stop messing around and just get it already! Sheesh!
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Thanks again for reading and we'll see you again in 2015 with more album reviews!


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