El Buho
Camino de Flores


4.5
superb

Review

by SowingSeason STAFF
January 3rd, 2019 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sweet escape

When I listen to Camino de Flores, I feel like I’ve discovered electronic/IDM’s rural back yard. The rhythms of contemporary IDM – with notable Latin American influence – are awash in a glaze of ambience and pastoral folk, infusing rich soundscapes with elements of the natural world. It’s customary during El Buho’s second full-length album to hear the rustling of leaves, songbirds, or bubbling streams. It’s also just as common to become so immersed in the record’s dense, lush atmosphere that the distinction between musical realms is blurred. Synths and drum machines blend into wind and rain seamlessly; existing merely as different dynamic players on the same musical dancefloor. Among these swirling ideas, Camino de Flores is the point of intersection – this plane where music from all kinds of dimensions can meet up and coexist in perfect harmony.

Primarily instrumental/electronic by nature, Camino de Flores offers nine tracks to totally lose yourself in. It’s an experience that will transport you to placid sceneries, exotic shorelines, and lavish gardens. The album gleams with total production clarity, affording Camino a crystalline lens through which El Buho implements everything from flutes to charango. The album employs a wide range of instruments/digital effects that are spread far and wide, resulting in an album that’s constantly discovering new terrain as it progresses. There is even one sparse moment of vocal inclusion – Joaquin Cornejo and Minuk’s feature on ‘Miranda el Fuego’ – which adds familiarity and warmth to the record’s midsection. This is an experience that flows with effortless grace in spite of all the influences at play, a testament to the artistic ability of El Buho.

Camino de Flores is breathtaking to witness. It’s an album that at certain points sounds like it could be the product of S. Carey, Teen Daze, or Justin Vernon; dazzling us with natural aesthetics that merge into the songs with ease. Then you factor in the overarching IDM influence, along with very clear Latin/tropical ethnic strokes, and you have something that’s pretty damn unique, if not entirely special. As a very chill and soothing record, Camino brings all the right vibes to escape from reality and let your mind drift. At the same time, it feels like so much more than easy listening. Camino de Flores is a record that could also be celebrated on its artistic merits alone. Either way, El Buho has crafted a winner.




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SowingSeason
Moderator
January 3rd 2019


31460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Please listen to this.

You can stream the entire record here:

https://shikashika.bandcamp.com/album/camino-de-flores

...or here:

https://soundcloud.com/shikashikacollective/sets/el-buho-camino-de-flores

chug73
January 3rd 2019


3799 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I really like this.

Good review as always, Sowing.

ProjectFreak
January 3rd 2019


3761 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thoroughly intrigued. Great work, Sowing! I'll check this out, though after some cursory listening I fear it might be a bit sleepy for my taste. Hoping to be proven wrong

Hawks
January 4th 2019


72356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta czech this.

Digging: Forgjord - Ilmestykset

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


27947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really beautiful opener

Digging: black midi - Schlagenheim

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


27947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is incredible!

Hawks
January 4th 2019


72356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah I’m about to jam this now. Looks awesome.

kevbogz
January 4th 2019


1426 Comments


so fucking smooth god damn

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


27947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

had i heard this in time it might have ended up in my top 20 of the year, possibly even top 10

Hawks
January 4th 2019


72356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The hype train is rolling ahrd.

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


27947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol i doubt something like this will get much exposure on sput, or anywhere, for that matter. but this is lovely stuff. heard it twice so far

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


27947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

"When I listen to Camino de Flores, I feel like I’ve discovered electronic/IDM’s rural back yard."



this is very apt

Hawks
January 4th 2019


72356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is chill as fuck. Loving it.

Tchitcherine
January 4th 2019


207 Comments


I love El Buho, never expected to see his releases here. I'm a hobby DJ and producer in the same music scene (slow organic electronic dance music) and saw him often play, he is a legend. He and the Voodoohop collective are the most creative heads in this wonderful genre which spreads between South America and Europe since a few years

SowingSeason
Moderator
January 4th 2019


31460 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Oh nice! So cool to wake up and see that this took off overnight. It's a brilliantly smooth album, and I love the eclectic influences ranging from IDM to naturewave to folk. It was released in December but physical album orders do not ship until March; kind of makes me with it was a 2019 album just so it would get more recognition.

Gyromania
January 4th 2019


27947 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album makes me so happy

Eons
January 4th 2019


2330 Comments


Very very pretty cover. And not to be a sexist pig but I like Latin american girls and Latin american culture. VERY pretty landscapes there.

Eons
January 4th 2019


2330 Comments


Spent quite a bit of time in Mexico

J() Alexander
January 4th 2019


7640 Comments


Same.

Digging: Attestupa - ttestupa

Eons
January 4th 2019


2330 Comments


ya the houses in some areas are like green and pink and shit. very cool.



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