CD Supermagique [Digipak] * (CD 6970085),
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Supermagique [Digipak] *

  • 1. Close to Everything
    2. Chocolate
    3. Ana Maria
    4. Story
    5. Supermagique
    6. Matin, Le
    7. Little Me
    8. Star
    9. Doce Meses
    10. Perlas
    11. Mariner, The
    12. 25 or 6 to 4
    13. Semilla, La
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 61168

  • Credits
    EngineerAdam Popowitz

    Personnel: Silvana Kane (vocals, synthesizer, shaker, tambourine, palmas, background vocals); Adam Popowitz (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, synthesizer, programming, background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Pacifika.
    Recording information: Rear Window Song & Sound.
    The image on the cover of Supermagique, Pacifika's second album, is a perfect representation of the music on the disc; it's bright and sexy while also being slightly mysterious and out of focus. The Canadian trio is composed of singer/guitarist Silvana Kane, a Peruvian born singer with a love of flamenco, electronica, and South American grooves; guitarist Adam Popowitz, who moves fluidly between indie rock, dance music, and pop; and bass man Toby Peter, born in Canada, raised in Barbados, and able to weave together jazz, hip-hop, Latin, and Caribbean grooves. Most Latin music, with the exception of some Brazilian genres, tends to be a bit aggressive and edgy. Not the tunes Pacifika lays down. On Supermagique, they walk on the mellow side of the street with two notable exceptions. The thumping Latin hip-hop of "Chocolate" sounds like something that might make a good vehicle for Shakira, and "Anna Maria," a combination of vivid acoustic guitars and a beat that circulates through dub reggae, dancehall, and Latin pop. Both could create mayhem in clubs with a remix that pumped up the beats a bit. The rest of the album is more chill room than dancefloor, a pleasing mix of dreamy beats that would be perfect for a late-night rendezvous in a dimly lit saloon. On "Supermagique," Popowitz drops a bit of distorted metal guitar into the mix in places, but the overall vibe stays laid-back. "The Mariner" is a dark, moody waltz for cello and Kane's whispered vocals, with a bit of swooning pedal steel adding to the otherworldly atmosphere, "La Matin" a slow, jazzy ride down a steamy tropical river accented by subtle percussion effects and the dub reggae vehicle "Star," one of the most sonically expansive tracks on the album with a big, chiming guitar sound that fills the entire room with breathtaking overtones. The most surprising track is a cover of Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4." The tune is slowed to a somnambulant tempo and played on acoustic guitar with Kane's breathy vocals sounding like an afterthought meandering through a crooning chorus of multi-tracked harmonies. ~ j. poet

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