Kissing Spell/ 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 . . . .” (https://johnkatsmc5.blogspot.com/2016/08/kissing-spell-los-pajaros-1970-chile.html?m=1) 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).” (https://www.rockadrome.com/store/kissing-spell-los-pajaros-lp.html) 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?”(https://www.normanrecords.com/records/148773-kissing-spell-los-pajaros) Kissing Spell formed in Santiago and disbanded following the ’73 coup. (http://rocknrollperolas.blogspot.com/2013/08/psychedelic-rock-kissing-spell-los.html?m=1)

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

“People who without thinking. Everything has to be approached . . . without feeling its reality. People who are guided by their own thought without thinking about feelings not even in love. People who are guided by their own thought. To always be on duty of the others . . . . People look at your reality. People think about the truth. But never forget love.”

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