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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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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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