Zoltan and the Fortune Tellers Mad as a Hatter (Self-Released)
Dear listener: how far do you want to wander from the hipster-loaded, hesher-dominant flying saucer hovering over Albuquerque’s music scene? You know, the one that emits a steady stream of music guaranteed to get you to go Downtown and spend your feria on what you’ve probably heard a million times before. I know you go for the flava, for the peeps—but forget about those wondrous attractions for the moment. If you truly wanna be like Will Robinson, wandering from the Jupiter Two in search of adventure and enlightenment, then here’s the record for you. Zoltan Székely’s latest effort with his trio, the Fortune Tellers, is about as far from Earth (and Albuquerque) as one might expect from this Transylvanian transplant and his intense, otherworldly sense of musicality. By turns fascinating, dance-inducing, thought-provoking and just plain fun to listen to, this album includes classics like “Dreaming of Lemurs,” “Nude Anthem” and the epic closer, “Tonight we dance.” Székely has made a career of taking Eastern European conceits to their height and then drowning them in intelligent whimsy and intricately uncommon phrasing; with this release he is at the height of his mystic powers. Of course, the “Lost in Space” analogy works wonders here, again: Find this album or die trying.