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Bajofondo Tango Club

A mate of mine had tickets to see the Bajofondo Tango Club, but couldn’t make it so donated them to me. I was sceptical: “a sort of jazzy tango” was the vague description he’d given me and as I like neither modern jazz nor tango, I wasn’t expecting a good night.

I had a great night. I never expected a band fronted by violin, guitar and an accordiany thing to do the kind of looping riffs with increasing textures that you find with Loop or My Bloody Valentine, but these guys were something else. Some songs were haunting Spanish guitar; others were almost industrial, with the on-stage VJ layering black and white footage of machinery, trains and a military coup while dirty beats and samples intertwined with the real-world instruments. All the while, audience members danced the sleaziest, fucked-up tango that I’ve ever seen.

Listening to the CD subsequently is a pale imitation of the live experience, unfortunately. Highly recommended.

5 Responses to “ Bajofondo Tango Club ”

Comment by ingrid

excuse me for my ignorance, but i am from uruguay, is that in england? yesterday it was the official presentation of their album mar dulce here in uruguay and it was amazing.

Comment by Susana

I believe they are playing in London next May, 2008, does anyone know when and where? I’ve seen them in April and think they are superb!

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