The Fortune Tellers

Nova Menco

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Enlivening and breathtaking in scope, the three brothers forming the group Nova Menco paint a genuine picture full of the rich textures and colors of Latin flamenco music. Fortune Teller is a brilliant epic, a piece filled with the subtleties of flamenco style, incorporated with Latin-driven percussion and charming guitar melodies. An uplifting and energetic record more than states its personality, and the three guitars fill the room with such a divine scale of music unheard of in the United States and other parts of the non-Latin world. Highlights include the opening "Woman of the Palace," a fast-paced nylon-stringed free-for-all, and "Adriana," filled with the warm expression of romance and the passion of first love. The eerie and haunting "Half Moon" speaks volumes of the contrast of melodic color and mood the trio can so graciously express. "Under the Olive Tree" pitches to the listener the idea of the Latin world in a finite cultural context, delving on the lifestyle of the people, including their love for olive trees as a staple. The group's technique and fashion thrown in with many dazzling guitar solo improvisations also makes for a listening treat. This album is not to be digested quickly, but rather slowly enjoyed over a long period of time. Actively listening to this music will bring about great joy, put you in the mood to dance, and develop greater appreciation and respect for Latin music and cultures as a whole.