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Pier Bucci
Familia
Crosstown Rebels

Rating: 7.5/10 ?


March 21, 2006
Chile is fast becoming the world's leading exporter of minimal techno music, which means it's only a matter of time before American DJ work is outsourced to South America. You can't blame this one on corporate greed or some misguided free trade agreement.

Along with countrymen Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano, Pier Bucci is spearheading a micro-house movement that cross-pollinates breezy, hypnotic "banana republic" - not the lame-ass clothing company - melodies with an endless catalog of beats, ranging from cruising speed metallic skitter to loping, rounded globules. Even in this rapidly evolving genre, Familia is a sign of progress, somehow sounding more organic and watery than most electronica, while maintaining a cool, detached fašade.

Exhibiting a wonderful poly-rhythmic complexity and making smooth, seamless transitions that challenge Ritchie Hawtins' meticulous studio chops, Familia moves - sometimes it drifts - in a relaxed, languorous manner. The atmosphere is cool and dry, with streamlined compositions like the trippy opener "Tita" gliding along an imaginary monorail. But this is electronica that also blooms naturally and cinematically, awakening in time-lapse fashion and growing into frame-filling epiphanies such as "Towers" and "Siberian." The work of a man caught between two cultures, Familia has hauntings of Berlin, where Bucci lives now, and Paris, and the record absorbs some of that European sophistication Bucci has undoubtedly picked up as an expatriate. But if you were to assign Familia a nationality, it would be Chilean through and through.

With its woozy tropicalia and the suave richness of Macha's caressing vocals, done in a muy romantic, Spanish tongue, "Hay Consuelo" is distinctly South American. No less exotic, "Towers" segues without hesitation from an echo chamber of competing voices and sounds into a lazy, weaving current. In both "Tita" and "Pipostrack," Bucci beautifully employs the vaporous French vocal seduction of Armelle Pioline - her voice a charmed snake - and washes it with a cascading electric keyboard waterfall, creating a hothouse environment of sound. So what if it takes place in Argentina? If Aphex Twin and Tom Ze were to recreate Evita, this is what it would sound like.

Immersing and scenic, Familia floods your head with melody. If you've ever had a doctor inject water into your ears to break up the wax, that's what Familia feels like. A headphone masterpiece with incredible stylistic variety - see the chaotically glitchy "Jesss" and "The R-8 Mooger," with its aggravating moog drip and ooze - Familia is a wall defaced by the electronic graffiti of Bucci, who also painted the vivid, colorful South American flora on the cover. Despite the 3-D quality of its beats, Familia is chill house music for the "Prozac Nation" from an artist in every sense of the word. If this is the product of outsourcing, I'm all for it.

Reviewed by Peter Lindblad
Peter Lindblad lives in Appleton, Wis., and bleeds green and gold just like all the Packer fan nutjobs in the area. He does draw the line at wearing blocks of chedder on his head, or any other body parts for that matter, though. His professional career has taken weird twists and turns that have led him to his current position as an editor at a coin magazine. He hopes his stay there will be a short one. Before that, he worked as an associate editor at a log home magazine. To anyone that will listen, he\'ll swear that Shiner was one of the greatest rock bands to ever walk the earth. Yet he also has much love for Superchunk, Spoon, DJ Shadow, Swervedriver, Wilco, Fugazi, Jawbox, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Queens Of The Stone Age, and Modest Mouse, among others.

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