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Album Review: Corales Prematuros (En Vivo) by PES – Music

By meerna Jul11,2024
Album Review: Corales Prematuros (En Vivo) by PES – Music

Distinctive musical skills distinguish Corales Prematuros’ live performances. (photo by Collin Eason)

PES, the brainchild of Lima, Peru-born Salvatore Sissy Machado, came to my periphery by accident. When Machado’s debut live EP, Early school beadscrossed my desk, I was intrigued enough to listen to it. I was pleasantly surprised. These musicians are talented, and the music is easy to get into, regardless of the fact that it is entirely in Spanish. In fact, the easy-to-listen rock-pop infused with romanticism is all the more reason to fall in love with it.

Precocious is the word that comes to mind. All the confidence of a seasoned band, but with a lot of the charm of a college jam band. It’s a risk to release a live album when few have seen you perform. Your audience has to like your music enough to get involved in a show they had no intention of attending. But hey, at least it saves listeners the trouble of putting on pants and braving downtown Austin traffic to attend a new artist’s concert. The packaging alone is bold enough to warrant attention.

So what does the live version look like? Early school beads – “early songs” – do they really work? I admit I was expecting something less cobbled together. You have to have the audacity and self-confidence of U2 to record their first live album from a fairly unpopular debut EP. That and incredible skill, and musically there is skill. The sound is warm, filling the space like an overripe garden full of diverse seasonal flora.

The first track is a jam session of the same name, PES and his backing band introduce themselves with four bars. Drums (Hunter Thompson) and guitar (Luis Fiallos) build up into what sounds like a waterfall, so easy, yet rushing with all the force of a natural waterfall. It segues into “Suelta Todo,” a driving piece of seventies-inspired rock that brought back memories of listening to Blood, Sweat & Tears and Ides of March with my father. While the untamed funk of its predecessors is not almost for now, it is PES that manages to present the full power of sound that intrigues.

A fresh artist, untainted by the wear and tear of overwhelming trends and social media boredom.

The soothing mid-tempo rumble of “El Ayer” puts a bit of a damper on the flame. It brings the EP back down from the ceiling, surprising the intimacy between strangers. But the fullness of the sound never falters. The bass (Michael Barnes) is as solid as concrete, giving the listener a path through this musical adventure. The guitars are refreshing, clean, and unsettled by the dominance of the drums. The keyboards (August King) add a sparkling charm to the track, giving the sound an easy-to-listen feel without softening any of its edges.

The album ends somewhat anticlimactically. “Qué Hice Mal” is an interesting question to end with. I’d say it’s as bold as anything that’s come before it; however, I’m not sure if that was intentional. PES did wrong by either ending the album too soon or ending the song too late. It’s a vague solution that, while not taking anything away from the quality, makes the song skippable. “Qué Hice Mal” ends the album on a dreamy note – opening up slowly, as if building up to something, only to be huddled by the mid-tempo sleepiness of “El Ayer.” Perhaps that’s the proverbial cliffhanger. We’ve had a taste, we’ve sampled the artist’s different flavors, temps, and temperatures. Now we’re left wanting something… more.

And maybe that’s the point, although it could have been conveyed more declaratively.

PES is fascinating. The sound is familiar in many ways: the sweeping richness of Air Supply (à la their debut album of the same name), with shades of Pablo Cruise’s concert aesthetic. And yet it fits comfortably into a contemporary pocket filled by the likes of Dallas’ Luna Luna, Echo Chamber Melody and South Korean rock band SeSoNeon. A sound that is both reminiscent of and saturated with the present. (Ah, the ever-creeping ouroboros of time. “The more things change”… as they say.) PES is a fresh artist, untainted by the wear and tear of post-social media fatigue. A good start that leaves the listener wanting more. Which, ultimately, is always a good thing.

PES

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