The opening track of ‘Digs’, this brave, uncompromising and downright rocking new mini-album by Mexican-American sound voyagers Allá, is a short, sharp mainline surge of Kraut-pop called ‘Si Se Puede’ - Spanish for ‘Yes we can’. It’s a phrase you might recognise from the news lately... but it also works here as a righteous call-to-arms for what follows: five audacious cover versions, recorded mostly live and with minimal post-production, through which the Chicago-based band pay respect to a diverse list of artists and songs that have helped bring their unique musical vision into focus.
But that’s not all: if the debut Allá album ‘Es Tiempo’ saw shades of Tropicalia, Motown, jazz, lounge and more mixed up to form a lush, dreamy pop palette, this new (old) material showcases what Allá become in the live setting, as will soon be evidenced throughout the US and Europe: a loud, proud, free-range rock band, sweetly insistent melodies set ablaze by raw psychedelia, thundering rhythms and ecstatic frenzies of guitar-led improvisation recalling early, droney Stereolab and peaktime Can (founding members Jorge & Angel Ledezma toured with Damo Suzuki, you may recall). On stage, and here on the thrilling blast of sonic archaeology that is ‘Digs’, Allá come alive. Do you dig?