Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune is an album borne out of desperate economic uncertainty, loosely based on John Kay’s infamous ‘Parable of the Ox’ - itself a thinly veiled allegory for unbridled capitalism. The album represents the tragic life and death of the aforementioned ox, whose weight is solely determined by the aggregated ‘wisdom of the crowd’. The music contained within embodies both the self-interested nature of hysterical spectators, and the agonising sense of culpability following the animal’s eventual demise.
‘XXII’ perfectly encapsulates the emotional strain found in Kay's observation - the constant push and pull of electronic interference and rhythmic tension in direct juxtaposition with the misplaced market opportunism of ‘XX’. Similar frictions are found in the creaking repetition of ‘XVII’ - two mismatched guitars compete for attention over its seven and a half minutes, like a couple of bitter attendees quarreling at a country fair. Meanwhile, the glacial, consumerist meditation of ‘XVI’ is the first of several pieces seeking to replicate the sullen ambience of small-town apathy and greed. ‘XIV’, perhaps one of the most immediate of tracks on the album, brings to mind the inevitable pitfalls of animal husbandry - the creature itself growing gaunt and sick before the owner’s eyes, slowly morphing into an altogether different beast.
The album concludes with the elegiac paean to solitude, ‘XIII’ - an empty market, scraps of uneaten vegetables blowing through a muddy town centre, its main attraction nowhere to be found.
"The Vision Fortune sound is just that… a brutal, beautiful, merciless, assault; its the sound of light and cells going to war."
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"To watch Vision Fortune live is to have the senses of vision and sound overloaded to the point of discomfort…"
"Vision Fortune are always looking to push the boundaries. Their songs encourage hallucinations of a future dystopian wasteland of cold metal and dark skies."
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This compilation has gotten me into a lot of great bands via some amazing taylormade tracks. A wonderful collection of a lot of different psych sounds. I'd recommend this to anyone who is a fan of the genre or someone want's a reference release to get a broad picture of it. 10/10 Thomas Shand