Kissing Spell — “Gente”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — February 18, 2022

360) Kissing Spell — “Gente

Los Pajaros, the ‘70 album by Chile’s Kissing Spell, “is one of the best and most sought after South American psych albums . . . . [It has w]ell-crafted songs with an attractive dreamy quality enhanced by spacey effects, occasional bursts of well-handled fuzz guitar, and strong harmonies . . . .” ( The Rockadrome store calls it “[w]ithout a doubt . . . one of the best albums from Latin America’s psychedelic ’60s! [– with] beautiful melodic compositions, killer fuzz leads, a superb dreamy atmosphere and great vocals (mostly in English).” ( Norman Records calls it “a lovely example of hazy late 60’s atmospherics with nods towards Love, Friends era Beach Boys and the Canterbury bands. Vocals are kinda English-as-a-second-language hesitant but there are lots of sweet harmonies. Ah what a vibe. Was life really all as laid back and chilled as this back then?”( Kissing Spell formed in Santiago and disbanded following the ’73 coup. (

“Gente” (“People”), one of the album’s Spanish songs, is a gentle ballad with a very Beatlesque feel (think: “She’s Leaving Home”).

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