I’m not gonna lie – you frame a record against classic literature or historical events and you’ve got me interested from the beginning. I’m not kidding. Any reference to Dracula or the Russian Revolution is going to get my attention. Wrap that in a nifty premise and some dense hooks, and we’re talking about a potential go-to record from here on.
Might Xuxa Santamaria’s Chancletas D’oro (Ratskin Records) be a go-to record from here on?
The duo of Sofía Córdova and Matt Gonzalez Kirkland sure makes music that’s easy on the ears, so the entry point is there for the… entering. Mixing a chilled post-punk aesthetic with some propulsive Human League-ery and glistening obsidian R&B will certainly get the ol’ neck muscles all rubbery, all ready for some deep head-nod thrust toward perpetual momentum. But, of course, even if your reading comprehension skills are registering at the low end of the spectrum, you’ll understand that it’s story and song together that recommend Xuxa Santamaria beyond the norm.
Like our buds in German Army, Xuxa Santamaria has an intense and rigid agenda that’s perfectly timed — hence all those allusions to historical figures and classic fictional characters. See, Córdova flips the script on popular and male-focused conceptions, opting instead for a “femme and womxn” perspective that rips figures from the proverbial sidelines to “challenge and obfuscate” male history’s assessment of experiences. Beyond Dracula, she tackles “The Song of Roland” as well as a poem written from the perspective of a white trapper in the Pacific

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