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Sacros

Sacros

(Shadocks; US: 25 Nov 2008; UK: 1 Dec 2008)

It’s an old story. A band releases its only album on a relatively small label, they go their separate ways within a matter of months, and very few copies of the original pressing survive today. The only bit that makes the Sacros version mildly more interesting is that they’re from Chile and their own military destroyed most of their first and only vinyl run in 1973. Outside of the digital crate-digger’s attraction of finding a possible lost gem, there is little luster to this eponymous debut. The musicianship throughout these ten works of acoustic pop and country-rock is competent but average for the era, and the tape rip Shadocks found for this reissue is horribly noisy. If repressed in the highest fidelity, I’m pretty sure Sacros would actually be somewhat decent, since many of their tone textures and melodic tricks are obscured by a hissy fuzz. As is, it’s back to obscurity for the Sacros tragedy.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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