Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Tonight is a Night for Guateque Estelar by Matoraalman (2010)
Matorralman is led by Mexico City musician and producer Miguel Rizo.
You can stream the entire album for free on their label's website here.
Information from the offical album promo materials:
Nacional Records is proud to announce the release of the U.S. debut album from Matorralman. ‘Guateque Estelar’ is a collection of songs that fuse electronic lounge music with surf rock and retro sounds like go-go, ye-ye and psychedelia. It’s a tribute to those classic times of science fiction and foxy ladies. The sensational destiny that is so unavoidable and ruthlessly ironic.
Matorralman is a project created by Miguel Rizo, a selector, composer and producer from Mexico City. “Back in 2000, I bought my first computer and made my first trip to Europe,” Rizo says.
“I came back with a suitcase full of music from the films of the 60s and 70s which used to dazzle audiences with so-called ‘sexploitation.’ These were times when orchestral conductors would help color the plots of feisty teenagers in search of parties and wildness. The beats were mostly instrumental, giving sophisticated and loutish environments where the girls are without a doubt the visual attraction. That’s how the search for Matorralman’s sound began.”
The album name ‘Guateque Estelar’ translates to “stellar party.” “That is what we imagine to hear with our music,” Rizo says. “It’s a party without end – complete with music to lose your manners to - and all with style.”
While Matorralman began as a solo project experimenting with computers, samplers, keyboards and effects in Rizo’s studio, it soon evolved. “After a couple of years, I began working with Armando Vazquez on the keyboards and the true sound of the songs became more defined,” Rizo explains. “Our process is to find a good groove and develop it through structures– the adequate kind of sound, intention and melody for each musical cut. While looking for the right musicians to form a live band, I invited Gustavo Murillo on guitar and Benjamin Vázquez on bass and trumpet.”
Matorralman’s live setup has now developed into somewhat of a mini-orchestra highlighted by background visuals. “Why not?” Rizo asks. “Playing along with clips and images from the 60s and 70s helps create that audiovisual experience that completely encapsulates the concept of the group.”