Every month, she recommends albums by different artists from the thriving independent music scene in Buenos Aires.
Full Chamba is a group characterised by its 100% pop sound, that got together in 2013. The band members are Alfonso Devoto (voice, guitar), Rocco Aguado (keyboard, voice), Pedro Devoto (digital drums, mixing) and Claudio Vázquez (bass guitar, voice). In a prior interview, they revealed the reason behind their name: “Full chamba” is an expression commonly used in Peru to say that one has a lot of work to do. Aptly so, the group is currently working on the material that will make up their first full length album. Some of the tracks are already available online, as well as a video they’ve shared. But, I’d like to take this opportunity to recommend you listen to their eponymous EP – before they hit it big with their brand new album. It contains six songs with a fresh and interesting pop sound: admittedly the result of a romantic breakup. The EP was produced, recorded, and mixed at the La Rosa Salvaje studios between September and November 2013 by DAMASCO. The cover art was designed by Matías Fernandez. That folder symbol stuck somewhere in the upper right quadrant instantly caught my attention. A great album to listen to and enjoy, before it blows up!
You can listen to the album here.
“Frecuencia Fantasía is Fede.eFe’s imaginary platform that he uses to project sounds, songs, love.” That’s what the “About” section of the bandcamp for Frecuencia Fantasia reads. Artist Federico Fernández hides behind this moniker; a singer-songwriter from Córdoba who this past January recorded ‘Pequeñas Acciones en Nombre del Amor’ (Small acts in the name of love). It’s a record full of intimate and sentimental songs, each vibrating with a special and unique sound. All songs share a common theme: in a way, each track can be understood as a chapter within a book that speaks about love, that sings to love. The album features a series of special guests who pitch in their voices as well as their mastery of a varied array of instruments – including the viola, the violin, the trombone, the kazoo, the vibraphone, and more. The instruments played by Frecuencia Fantasía himself include the bandoneón, a toy piano, the stylophone, the metallophone, and even a local instrument called bichito cordobés – similar to a large ukelele. All of these harmonies combined contribute to what the artist refers to as “sound fantasies”. One cannot forget to mention the lyrics, where a poem seems to hide behind each song. And better still, all of them manage to remain beautiful without being overly sweet.
I avidly recommend a careful listen of each of the 12 tracks in this album.
You can enjoy it right here.
Live shows provide a space for interaction and communication between the artist and the audience. But, understandably so, these interactions have their limitations. Perhaps that’s the reason why some musicians find the right space to experiment in their studio albums, which give their songs a much more carefully crafted and polished sound. That is the case of ‘Espacio in gris’, Pablo Galestok’s second solo album, which he created by composing and writing songs using a combination of electronic devices, his voice, and a stable string quintet. The album was recorded and mixed in Argentina, in Panda studios, and was later mastered in England by Mike Marsh, a sound engineer at The Exchange Studios. It dates from late 2012, and it’s exclusively promoted as a studio album given that the tracks haven’t been played at live shows thus far. Nevertheless, the artist is currently working on transferring it on to an acoustic format (piano, string quartet, and voice), with the aim of presenting it alongside new material. It includes instrumental tracks, songs, and guest artists. The album’s melodious sound will certainly entice you to submerge yourself into the listening experience.
You can enjoy the full album here.
Translation by Carla McKirdy