“This week the focus is on the inscrutable Doma Tornados, Barcelona’s blistering beat bandito who seems to grow and surprise with every release. His latest EP ‘Toba Rey’ is a total mindblower conceptually, musically and lyrically.
The vocal from the great Argentinian folk singer Mercedes Sosa, who passed last year, is one of those performances that you don’t need to understand the actual words to fully get the feeling. ‘Antiguos dueños de las flechas’ means ‘The Ancient Owners Of The Arrows’ and tells of the persecution of the Toba people: a depressingly familiar story of oppression, colonization, environmental fuckery and economic strangulation. You can hear it all, translation required or not, in the song; but the way Tanox has created a new song around it is astonishing.
Sneakily he flipped the instrumental out to his mailing list a week or two ago, it’s a standalone pearler, and it might have easily been overlooked when cosied up to two versions with the riveting, haunting vocal. From the first chance to run it out and on the radio I had people asking me ‘what is this?’, ‘The Owner Of The Skunk’ (Antiguos dueños del skunk) would be my reply, and I’d get ‘that’ look before a brief explanation and espousal of the wonders to be found in the Doma Tornadosphere (who has many priceless tracks available for free pon them internets for those with a touch of search nous).
Alongside the archetypal Doma Tornados percussive panorama there are guitar and bass swells that (and I hesitate to say this) carry a genuine 80’s flavour, not in the usually touted cliche way, more like something that could have been a b-side on Rough Trade in 1982 or Keith Levene and Jah Wobble (guitar aand bass at P.I.L) might have cooked up on their mellowest of mellow days. Oh and his distinctive favoured guitar sound always reminds me of that Fleetwood Mac tune that was the theme tune for the F1 in the UK for like forever, and I’m not mad at that neither. It’s one of those ‘it shouldn’t make sense but it completely does’ tracks … and that’s just the instrumental. I was sold, home and hosed, before I even knew the point, the focus and the key to the whole thing.
Keep an eye on Doma Tornados!”
Jim Pinckney Broadcaster, journalist, writer, label owner & dj.
“TOBA REY”, Doma Tornados (hdm05)
Antiguos dueños de las flechas
Antiguos dueños del skunk
Antiguos dueños de la cura
.Produced and arranged by Doma Tornados/
.Bass, guitars, synths, drums and percussion performed and recorded by Doma Tornados/
.Mastered by Daniel Jeffs/
.Cover & Wallpaper by G.Piacenza/
.”Antiguos dueños de las flechas” was released in 1972as part of the album “Cantata Sudamericana”/
.Original music writted by Ariel Ramirez, lyrics by Felix Luna/
.Vocals by Mercedes Sosa, backing vocals by Los Arroyeños/