Al Borde del Cinismo – Patrones Ascendentes – Audio

The Chilean psychedelic-jam quintet Al Borde del Cinismo released their début LP El Lenguaje del Inconciente on the 29th of March.

Al Borde del Cinismo

Al Borde del Cinismo

Sometimes it just helps to jump in to the morass and Al Borde del Cinismo are a group of musicians who have faith in each other as their music is created on an idea and no rehearsal merely improvisation and they merely ask the listener to do the same.

In a switch-back ride betwixt jazzy funk, psychedelic blues and merely leaving the room altogether the seventh of the dozen tracks Patrones Ascendentes discovers Al Borde del Cinismo in less sanguine moment of journey.

Contortions of spiralling thoughts are contained within this just under six and a half minute track as the band finds conflict of idea which they were still more than happy to share with their audience and for this I give them credit.

The preceding and following tracks of El Lenguaje del Inconciente find Al Borde del Cinismo in more reconciled moment with each other, however I enjoy this piece in particular as despite a lovers tiff occurring in the track one can still sense a fondness for each other.

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La Triaca – Tarot – Video

It has been a while since the Chilean algorithmic-rock quartet La Triaca last released new material.

La Triaca

La Triaca

From their début eponymous LP, the second of the nine tracks Tarot emerged out of the ether a few days ago. One can only hope this precedes new musical ideas.

Confabulating astro-physics and logarithmic tables to deliver complex maths rock which lays on the ears in sheers of sliding granite. Each element making perfect sense, yet each played out of synch demanding the listener connect the pieces. The reward for the audience who stay to move the parts around the turntable is an ever more complex puzzle that results in a satiation of the mind when contextualised.

I raise my hat to La Triaca who don’t attempt to make the journey easy, though not make it a theological Escher, rather an attainable solution that the audience can solve if they are prepared to travel the distance.

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Los Verdaderos Cabrera – B o V – Audio

The Chilean alt-rock quartet Los Verdaderos Cabrera released the LP Bilbao last month.

Los Verdaderos Cabrera - B o V

Los Verdaderos Cabrera

The opening track of the dozen on the album, B o V breezes into the room in a sprightly rock ‘n’ roll footstep, to which Los Verdaderos Cabrera add South American flair leaving the listener imagining of horses trotting on the high-plains.

During its just over three and a half minutes duration B o V transitions between invitations to dance to a cinematic back-drop as a wurlitzer adds a sense of drama to the track, with the bridge heading off to a reminder of an early John Waters directors cut.

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Maff – Linger Around – Video

Maff is a Chilean shoegaze quartet, who were introduced earlier this year.

Maff - eponymous LP - artwork

Maff – eponymous LP – artwork

From their eponymous LP – Linger Around, the second of the eight tracks, features shimmering guitars which spiral round and around the room in ever expansive circles as Maff seem to elasticise time with the under three minute number seemingly far more extensive.

The psychedelia coated guitars are complemented by the gauzy vocal, submerged synths and persistent percussion, which gives Linger Around its layers of textures and hence sense of elongation.

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Maff is the dark-shoegaze quartet of Richi (Vocal / Bass / Guitar), Nek (Drums), Martin (Guitar) and Talo (Guitar / Bass / Vocal / Synth) from Santiago in Chile.

Maff - dark-shoegaze from Chile


The luxuriant textures of sound waft around the room like a drifting perfume, to which Maff add a brooding presence which is formed by the shapes produced by the synth and a heavy bass line. The slightly gauzed music is given shifts of context through instrumental and vocal switching allowing the quartet to take inject the material with varying layers of atmosphere.

The voluminous tracks are given plenty of space to develop as the tempo remains subdued, enabling Maff to deliver music in which the echo and reverb are able to catch-up in the delays. Giving the audience the sense of rolling waves of sound in which to allow the mind to flow with the moments.

The overall effect is one of a psychedelic trip and although the mood is dark, it doesn’t lead to nightmares as there is an intrinsic beauty in the music, that will leave you wanting the pieces to extend further in time and take the brain with them.

Maff released their début eponymous LP earlier this year and given this offering, the quartet look set to continue to release material that needs to be added to the collection, which is best taken in large doses to allow the compositions to do their thing.


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