With Elixirs, Guapo finally complete the triptych stared with Five Suns and Black Oni. Following the loss of member Matthew Thompson, it was inevitable that some change would occur, however Elixirs is almost completely lifted out of the heavy drone of Guapo's past and into rhythmic Eastern tones and a cinematic tension that plays like the score to a ragged, twisting noir film. Pulsing from disparate jazz tinkerings to heavy Prog organs and fierce walls of guitar, this album not only shows the band embracing a new direction but sounding better than they ever have in the past. The band add nicely to the dark overtones by enlisting the help of Ex-Swans vocalist Jarboe, who adds a her usual brand of haunted vocals to "The Selenotrope". If you've never been into Guapo in the past, I'd say now's a nice time to start listening.
[MP3] Guapo - Arthur, Elsie And Frances
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