Acme Power Transmission is the first solo release from Calla’s frontman Aurelio Valle; done over a several year period, this effort is one of transition and shifting musical moods and flavors. One of the first/older tracks being a good example, “Electraglide”, recorded with Nina Persson from The Cardigans is upbeat yet slightly off-kilter. Almost orchestral with a surrounding percussive background, it’s as interesting as it’s haunting. “Superhawk” neatly uses a backward loop with an ethereal vocal; the cinematic nature of the music leads you to imagine someone’s bad dreams; “Movement” is a pulsing dance-groove with whispered vocals. “Lost Again” has a gentle melody and feels like a closing number – and that’s one of the most striking things about this album – it has feel. The songs capture an essence; an emotion which seems to be a dying art. Also, as I alluded to earlier, these songs are also highly visual. This would be an exquisite soundtrack to a dark film somewhere down the road.
An interesting and very satisfying offering from Aurelio Valle.