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Sancho Panza
"Ball O'String" b/w "Nuts in May"
Superglider Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Sancho Panza is a collective including members of Tex La Homa and Brothers in Sound, and their "Ball O'String" b/w "Nuts in May" seven inch single is in a word (or two, hyphenated) lo-fi. What Sancho Panza is not, in a word, is sloppy. Both "Ball O'String" and the opposing track "Nuts in May" have been put together seamlessly, and every layer of each song fits together wonderfully, from trumpets and elegantly minimal feedback in "Ball O'String" to keys on "Nuts in May."

Despite the praiseworthy songwriting exhibited here, however, there is something that grates at me when I listen to both songs on this record. At first I wasn't sure what it was, but then I realized it was the vocals. Something about the vocals really just rubs me the wrong way, but other than that, the music is quite beautiful. A solid effort on the part of Sancho Panza.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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