Various Artists, Balearic Prog

Barry Walters

By Barry Walters

on 07.26.12 in Reviews

Balearic Prog

Various Artists

With the exception of Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican,” a DJ staple on NYC’s disco and hip-hop scenes, this brazenly esoteric set wanders furthest into murky areas of the European EMI catalog where the US could not follow. It also strays significantly from the smooth and sunny sounds commonly understood as Balearic; it’s hard to imagine most of this unsteady stuff generating much action on any dancefloor. But even the gnarly bits sometimes give way to unexpected grooves — dig that savage drum break in Swedish band Storm’s crazy “Lt. Calley Bjuder Upp,” a sonic blueprint for today’s indie freakout favorites Goat.