Come To Mexico, the sophomore album by French Math Rock outfit Totorro, has been an album which has been highly anticipated since the release of their debut album Home Alone. Their debut album was quite a drastic change for the band from their post-metal origins. With the eleven tracks in their latest record, Totorro seem to have flourished with their own Mathy Post-Rock sound.
Starting off the record is the track Brocolissimo and it sets a tone for the entire album with positivity and optimism evident in the tracks composition. The uplifting melodies which are present in the track create a vibrant atmosphere which follows through the end of the albums run time. One thing that is easily noticed in the album’s opener is the continuation of what Totorro started to do in Home Alone and with them almost expanding upon it further.
Yaaaago, the second single, and Trop Fort Jéjé continue this Sophomore record and although the two tracks are different in immediate feel, there is something clear from both of these tracks. That is the fact that despite the difference in feel, the clever and intricate musicianship between the quartet is consistent and never seems to waver track to track.
Following this is the lead single from the album Saveur Cheveux, a track that when it first came out showed the promise not only this album had but also the future that would possibly lie ahead for Totorro as a band. The track shows the band in many lights from its more fast paced sections to the slower parts that exist in the track. Alongside that the addition of small parts like the cow bell, that only features for a few small bursts, add something quite special to the track.
When the track reaches it’s climax around the 3:05 mark the band comes alive. Creating a very memorable final 30 seconds that truly stick in the mind as one of the many highlights that are present on this album.
The next set of four tracks on the album stay, overall, quite consistent with the tracks that have proceeded them up unto this point. However in each track there are massive highlights in each track. In Beverely Pills there is a very energetic ending with what feels like the most chorded section on the entire album. Then in Ouad & Khaled which is possibly the closest the band get to Post-Rock on the album, there is a almost hallucinogenic feel with the slowly picked notes and feedback that run on top of what sounds like natural noise.
Tomate Polisson then followed with strong drum sections and blaring guitars that feel far more post-rock in instrumentation. 100% Repos continues on this set of 4 tracks and is possibly the strongest track on the entire album. As the songs length lets the band explore more of their technical abilities, and the cleverly placed use of fast paced sections that quickly dip in to sections of a much slower pace.
After coming off the high that is the end of 100% Repos the album moves down in to Clara Mystère one of the slowest songs on the album, and with its intricate lead guitar parts the song cements itself well on the tail end of this sophomore record, especially when the band sing in French towards the end of the track.
Gérard Blast comes next and saying this is the weakest track on the album is by no means a bad thing as this track is still an amazing spectacle to behold. With its face paced and energetic feel the track bops along with precision and yet again adds to what has been an amazing album.
Rounding off the album is Come To Mexico, the title track of the album which is the most energetic track and best ending this album could have asked for. With guest trumpeter Clément Lemennicier the song ties a perfect end to what is almost a perfect album. Whilst the songs aren’t overly complicated, those who know their Math Rock will hear those time signature changes and poly-rhythmic sections. [9/10]