Friday! What a wondrous day, where the world just seems a little bit brighter. As Douglas Adams put it: “You will need to know the difference between Friday and a fried egg. It’s quite a simple difference, but an important one. Friday comes at the end of the week, whereas a fried egg comes out of a chicken”. Wise words indeed. In case your Friday mood hasn’t been exactly of a sunny disposition, allow me to introduce you to Totorro, a British band who have just what you need. Come to Mexico is their sophomore release and it’s a math-rock injection of summer, open arms and hope. To put a cherry on top of this riff cake, it’s releasing on Big Scary Monsters, one of our favorite labels. Head on below for your first listen!
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“Yaaaago” is a wonderful track which captures the power of Come to Mexico. That power lies in the contrast between big, open riffs and tighter, more punctual bridges. Reminding one of Adebisi Shank at points, the heavily strummed chords are a beautiful set up for the tighter passages along the middle of the track and the expertly crafted buildup when they approach the outro. It’s almost as if your ears remember the expanse which came before and are expectant of that sound’s return. Instead, they are treated to humbler and humbler iterations of it until it finally returns, resplendent in its glory and carrying a smile that fits your face perfectly.
The rest of the album is no different, clever jaunts into sunshine and weekend vibes replete across all of its moments (check out the amazing drum sections on the next track over, “Trop Firt Jéjé”, for example) . It’s truly a joy to listen to and we highly recommend you treat yourself to its math-y embraces as the weekend looms large ahead of us. Head on over to the label’s Bandcamp to grab Come to Mexico and, while you’re there, check out the rest of the label’s releases; they’re all great.