Clandestination by Amateur Aztec Hour: Review
Mexican-American singer-songwriter and producer Daniel Ramirez’s solo project Amateur Aztec Hour released its debut album Vol. 0. Clandestination is the third song of the 13-track album.
The song takes its inspiration from the popular 80s movie, Mannequin– an intriguing fascination with being standstill, frozen in time. Ramirez did an excellent job portraying this with his lyricism and musical arrangement. His soft ethereal vocal delivery creates an otherworldly vibe combined with the wobbly guitars and airy synth while a steady hypnotic beat and the bass guitar hold everything together. The song has this borderline psychedelic dreamlike sonic quality to it that makes it so alluring. This use of expressionist elements in the imagery of the lyrics and music is seen throughout the rest of the album as well.
The lo-fi style of production gave the song a nostalgic flair and extended the psychedelic vibe. Being the producer himself he had the full artistic freedom to experiment with his sound and as a result, we have this amazing track and overall an amazing album. This is one of those songs that intrigues you to not only listen to the rest of the album but also to look forward to what the artist puts out next.
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Review by: Gabe Finch