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.


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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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