Che’s Shuco EP captures that yearning, broken-but-building vibe we all hide sometimes in order to get things together and act this age or that. All the good news and bad news of youth are experienced in the space of Che’s avant psych compositions.
Hanging out with the spirit of adolescence, Che (real name Sanche Ramirez) offers a nostalgic and futuristic way of playing with play. Maturely childlike, wholly half grown, Che’s multilayered songs explore the liminal intersections of remembering and dreaming complexly. On ’Shuco’s Theme,’ day-dim harpsichord melodies and tape-twisted electric guitar arpeggios interplay in a sombre drama of becoming. Single ‘Bath’ bounces to a CR-78 pattern, floating a virally infectious electronic pop melody over zones of digital noise and distress, conjuring the image of a smelly middle schooler first traversing the tumultuous halls of love.
There are spaces of abandon and out gazing. An adventure in transparency to self, ’My Last Gut’ overflows with sensations of green ferns, grey sky, warm home, and profound quiet. A distractionless, directionless time out of time emerges, the perfect condition for the the warped psych pop odyssey of ‘Pickle Eyes’ and its relentlessly subtle theatrics. In the expanse of this openness, Che is bringing his roots at the experimental periphery of Cork, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia music scenes into cross-pollination, locating extraordinary levels of intimacy in pop songcraft.
The follow-up to 2017’s sip EP, Che’s Shuco EP is out on Astro Nautico in a deluxe cassette addition, featuring exclusive bonus material including a remix by Philadelphia co-conspirators Pulgas, and digitally everywhere music is sold online.
released April 13, 2018
original music produced, written and recorded by Che Ramirez.
track 1 - harpsichord written/recorded by Dylan Neustatder.
track 5 - strings by Dylan Neustatder.
album artwork by Che Ramirez.
mastered by Phil Moffa