Santa Melingo

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COMPOSERS: Santa Melingo
LABELS: Ma–ana
ALBUM TITLE: Melingo
WORKS: Melingo
PERFORMER: Daniel Melingo (singer); various musicians
CATALOGUE NO: MM42500
Mercurial singer and songwriter Daniel Melingo is a fairly well-kept secret in his native Argentina. Originally a sax player in a rock band, his solo career has made him the toast of the avant-garde ‘nuevo tango’ scene over the last few years, from which this album compiles recordings (1998-2003). Though sticking to traditional arrangements with bandoneón, violin and acoustic guitar on most of these short tangos and milongas (Argentina’s light-hearted song genre), he writes or co-writes all the material, and speak-sings it in a compelling narcotic croak. Moments of highly accessible, lyrical beauty are juxtaposed with those more angular and awkward, but never less than thoroughly engaging. Jon Lusk

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