PERUVIAN PARROTS

Little is illuminated. Sometimes nothing. Each bird looks at the other, heads like poppies, bones thin as air.

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Peruvian cumbia picked up the guitars and held on. Here’s one without any.

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Los Ases De Huarochiri – El Pescadito

Los Mirlos’ songs are disturbing and beautiful the the way Van Gogh’s canvases are: thickly alive, altered perspectives parading as normal, windows onto an unreconciled time & space. You can hear weird electricity under the composition’s skin even when they switch off the Moog.

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Los Mirlos – La Danza del Lorito

They capture something. It resonates. The music of Los Mirlos (the blackbirds) passes into public memory. Covers and versions flourish. A song written by someone becomes, effectively, a song written by everyone. This sonidero crew straightens them out, three decades later in New York or LA:

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Viento Sur – La Danza del Loro

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