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  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B000PSJCUG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #360,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. Apnea Obstructiva
3. Paisaje
4. Concreto
5. Mi Hijo
6. Te Amo...Por Que Me Odias
7. Estrella de Dos Caras
8. Olhas
9. El Solitario
10. Faltamos Palabras
11. Era Tu
12. Vidas Animadas
13. Tormenta de la Flor
14. Ya Verdad
15. Tiempo
16. Outro

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Savath and Savalas are also known for recording as Prefuse 73. "Golden Pollen" can be heard in many ways: as a tribute to the explorations of Brazilian tropicalia pioneers like Tom Ze and Caetano Veloso; as a dreamy soundscape from the post-rock world of Low and Kings Of Convenience; as a tribute to the haunting Catalan folk songs of Guillermo Scott Herren's heritage. However you take it, the record is an intoxicating gem that reveals new facets to fans familiar with Herren's previous work. An ambitious set of vocal arrangements that nod as much to avant-garde classical music as to late Brian Wilson. For fans of Jose Gonzalez, Thievery Corporation, Bebel Gilberto, Air, Caetano Veloso.

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Savath & Savalas is just one man, and he may be the States' best answer to Argentina's Juana Molina. Known as Prefuse 73 in his more electronic pursuits, Scott Herren writes, performs, and produces Savath & Savalas, and though the resulting Spanish-language somnambulism owes everything to the strain of South American fringe-folk gaining popularity in the U.S., the dedicated subtlety fueling this music is all his own. Songs cascade along in loping forward motion, as prone to lushly orchestrated decomposition ("Apnea Obstructiva," "Te Amo...Por Que Me Odias") and succulent adagio ("Faltamos Palabras," "Olhas") as they are to the simple, charismatic sense of melody that propelled S&S on 2000's Folk Songs for Trains, Trees and Honey and, even more so, 2004's Apropa't. As usual, Herren invites a few guests who make immediate sense in context. The most immediately successful of Golden Pollen's collaborators is the Swedish José González, whose vocal touches on "Estrella de Dos Caras" ("Star of Two Faces") lends the track the added sonic bloom that raises the best Savath & Savalas songs from mere Latin lullaby to transcendent, cross-cultural devotion. --Jason Kirk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chinjab on June 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This may sound cheesey, but if you listen to this album with your eyes closed, you're in for a journey. i felt like i was hovering 15 feet above the earth, flying through the trees of a great forest. i was high at the time, but i can't recommend this highly enough. oh wait, i gave it four stars. alright, i lied. there's room for more zeal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Gryder on June 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
this is a good album , but it lacks something that the rest of the savath & savalas releases have, maybe because its on anti instead of warp, maybe because Eva Puyuelo Muns isnt on the album. every warp release has had a certain signature sound, this release seems to wander more into Scotts heritage roots sound and has less or no glitch beats. i really like the album, but listeners who lean more towards the apropa't, rolls + waves e.p., and manana e.p., or Scotts prefuse/delarosa + asora sound, might wanna take a listen before purchasing. very nice and relaxing as always though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Liu on December 16, 2008
Format: MP3 Music
If you're looking for another Apropa't, then yes, maybe this isn't for you.. yet. When I first got this, I scanned through the songs & left it unplayed on my ipod for months. But some things are acquired &, like the taste of tea, take time to appreciate. If you let the taste of this album slowly develop in your mouth, you'll be left with a gift that you've earned; something that will last. This isn't a pop-hit album, this isn't even an album that you listen to really, this is something you have to feel. & it's so rare to find music like this, music that helps you gently open up, music that leaves you so peacefully vulnerable. Now it's always on rotation, to make up for the many months of collecting dust, when I didn't know what I had.
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Format: Audio CD
_Golden Pollen_, Scott Herren's third album as Savath & Savalas, starts off familiarly enough with wavy, modulated tones. But he seems much more interested in actual songwriting, rather than the mood-building he constructed with earlier album. Indeed, "Estrella de Dos Caras" is as straightforward as Herren has ever written. _Golden Pollen_ also sees Herren taking the primary role as vocalist, which flattens the album some. Even though he layers his voice to give a choral effect like on "Paisaje," his shortcomings and inexpressiveness still creep in. But the music itself is worth the shortcomings: "Concreto" takes a more cinematic approach, giving over to a wideness of sound, while "Mi Hijo" drifts into a sonic wilderness. The second half of the album eschews the thick layering for cleaner lines, and tinges of melancholy Spanish fados haunt the edges of several tracks, like the more stripped-down "Faltamos Palabras" or "Tormenta de Flor." An flawed album, but a worthwhile one nonetheless.
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