Genre/Influences: Dark-folk, Latino-folk, cinematographic.
Background/Info: Demian Recio has already been active under the Ô Paradis moniker since the 90s and has released an impressive number of productions. This must be the first album he released on Dark Vinyl.
Content: Ô Paradis always has been to me one of the most enigmatic neo-folk orientated project active in the scene. “Llega El Amor, Asoma La Murte” confirms his fascination with folk music, which has been mixed with a strong Latino-like style. The debut starts in a rather sensual way, but you rapidly notice the dark touch hanging over the work. The cover of the artwork representing dancing skeletons totally fits to the sound of this work.
Quite progressively we’re entering an obscure kind of folk music where you get the impression that love stories can turn into nightmares. This feeling is accentuated by an overwhelming cinematographic format filled with melancholic sound adaptations. Quite progressively you can feel torment coming through. All the songs have been sung in Spanish transforming sadness into an exotic emotion.
+ + + : I especially like the authentic feeling of the instruments, which remains an essential element to compose folk music.
– – – : There’s a dark and intriguing atmosphere hanging over the songs, but it all remains rather inhibited.
Conclusion: Ô Paradis once more took me by surprise. This artist feels like the alien of neo-folk, but I here can’t say to have heard his best work to date.
Best songs: “Dime La Verdad”, “Mien Ras Respiras”.