…—… SOS (Fol 10002048, 2010)
SOS is the fourth album by Spanish multi-instrumentalist and composer Mercedes Peón. The cover of the album shows …—…, the Morse code for SOS. This is the international distress signal. The Morse code is used by people at sea. Galicia, Mercedes Peón’s homeland, is a seafaring region of Spain with a large number of sailors, shore fishermen and deep-water fishing fleets. To Mercedes Peón, SOS means music exploration and a desire to share.
SOS introduces various musical influences, ranging from wild Galician folk to Afro-Cuban, Balkan sounds, funk, jazz, rock, global electronica, experimental excursions and other elements. Some of her pieces are like musical collages, recombining music from various sources with surprising twists. Mercedes Peón is at ease using electronic and acoustic instruments simultaneously. In addition to a surprising wide range of vocals, Mercedes Peón plays keyboards, bass, samplers, guitar, clarinets, electronic bagpipe, Moroccan reeds, Galician and Berber frame drums, drum kit, various types of percussion (including a paprika can), water and field recordings.
On SOS, Mercedes Peón is joined by Nacho Muñoz on keyboards and samplers; Fernando Abreu on clarinets; Manuel Cebrian on guitar; Manuel Alonso on electric bass; and Fernando Martinez on accordion.
The CD version comes in a beautifully packaged limited edition aluminum box.
With SOS, Mercedes Peón demonstrates that she is one of the leading exponents of the avant-garde wing of world music.
Buy the album or MP3 downloads:
- In North America: SOS. Other recordings available: Sihá, Isué, Arjú
- In Europe: SOS. Other recordings available: Sihá, Isué, Arjú
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.