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Panorama Faro: September

This is one of those situations that we wish we didn't have to explain because of how hard it is, but we would like to dedicate this Panorama to our friend and colleague Rubén Scaramuzzino, director of the Spanish magazine Construction Areawho passed away just a few days ago.

Rubén was the soul and founder of LIGHTSWe, the alliance of Latin American music media that every month we agree to present this summary of the most important events in the music scene of our respective countries. That is why it is very difficult to explain how orphaned the rest of our colleagues are going to be by his loss. Rubén was FARO and FARO was Rubén. His contagious vitality, his faith in the project and his unwavering spirit in meetings, convinced of the importance of being united in the face of the challenges that the future holds for us, will be greatly missed.

His absence will leave a very difficult void to fill in the Alliance, but we are sure that the best tribute we can pay to Rubén is to maintain more firmly and strongly than ever the objectives that led him to believe in FARO. We do not want his spirit to disappear, and we want this union of music magazines from up to eight countries to become the benchmark that Rubén dreamed of within the Ibero-American music industry. It will be very difficult to do it without him, but it will be easier to do it for him.

So finally we can only say: It goes for you, my friend Rubén. This FARO will not be extinguished.

ARGENTINA / by Juampa Barbero (Indie Today)

Labor Day - Fonso

In his fourth album, Fonso abandons the collage of samples that characterized his sound to embrace a pure national rock. Labor Day finds the versatile musician from Castelar collaborating with Leandro Lopatín -member of Turf and Poncho- in the production and with special guests such as Marilina Bertoldi, Daniel Melingo, Cuino Scornik and El Príncipe Idiota.

In his ten songs, Lucas Difonzo plays with elements of progressive rock, garage and folk, taking influences from Andrés Calamaro and Charly García, as well as Television, Sparklehorse and Lou Reed, intertwined with the literary power of Lucio Mansilla, Witold Gombrowicz and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. Labor Day addresses love while criticizing the pop norm and warning of human decadence in urban life. As poignant as it is poignant, Fonso offers a poetic and ironic ode to work as a source of dignity.

BRAZIL / by Marcelo Costa (Scream & Yell)

Randomly - Rodrigo Ogi

Want to get a vague idea of what it's like to live in a megalopolis of 12 million human beings (not counting cats, dogs, rats, cockroaches and furry bears) like São Paulo? Immerse yourself with open eyes and attentive ears in the work of rapper Rodrigo Ogi, who started out in the art of pixação until he discovered his affinity for hip hop verses. Randomlyhis third album, is produced by his partner Kiko Dinucci (Metá Metá) and features some of the best names in recent Brazilian music: Juçara Marçal, Russo Passapusso (BaianaSystem), Siba, Don L, Thiago França and Tulipa Ruiz. The rhythm is choppy, the lyrics dense, like the complex daily life in Brazil: I accumulate everything / My pains of the world / Sick as my country / Hatred invades the root, sings in Rotinathe first track of the album. At Eu Mudei Pra Esse PrédioThe protagonists are sadness, courage, fear and boredom, among others. In just over half an hour and twelve songs, Ogi talks about love, precarious work, police violence and other random routines in the life of a Brazilian citizen. A great album!

CHILE / by POTQ

In the heat of a sun that has just died - Sailors

How close it feels Marineros, the debut album of the project formed by Sol and Cer, which left us dazzled during its release in 2015. But eight years have passed. The world, Chile and Marineros are no longer the same. And in September their second long-awaited studio album arrived: In the heat of a sun that has just died. It consists of nine songs that give us melodic samples of the changes that the duo has faced. The result is an emotional journey that sounds like mutation; years of changes, growth and pain, which coexist with the guitar and the piano, two main elements of the album.

"The songs are about leaving behind what we were and looking inside ourselves. It is the death of an illusion and the beginning of the next adventure", reads the press release. A statement quite close to what we have lived in Chile during these last years.

COLOMBIA / by Santiago Cembrano (Shock.co)

The Waste - Felipe Orjuela

After presenting The New Electronic Estudiantina (2022) with the band of the same name, the musician from Bogota returns as a soloist to guide us through a codex of cumbia, charanga, descarga and electronica. Both the characters that inspire Felipe Orjuela and the rhythms he plays with are dissimilar, but they cohere thanks to the author's filter, who does not pretend to travel back in time and reach the glorious 70s from which he drinks, but melts time and distances to reveal how all those references are alive in the Bogotá of 2023. Behind every song of The Wastewhich features collaborations with Gato 'e Monte, Gabriela Ponce, Fintas and inDiazo, among others, there is theory and practice. They are stories, musical searches, whims and proposals that give account of a curious and experienced ear (Read here the complete review of the album).

CUBA / by Magazine AM:PM

Borrowed Roses - Gonzalo Rubalcaba

Melancholy, which has always been a state of mind present in Gonzalo Rubalcaba's work, reaches new heights with this spectacular solo piano journey. Twelve pieces in which the extraordinary Cuban jazzman revisits standards and popular songs (Billy Strayhorn, Gershwin, Lennon/McCartney, Duke Ellington, among others), imbuing them with a beautiful patina like the light that lights up the atmosphere in the late afternoon. With the grace of a Japanese haiku master, Rubalcaba prunes these songs of frills and flourishes, leaving his soul exposed, with a warm glow, reminiscent of the best Bill Evans. After a season that included a Grammy award (SkylineIn addition to a memorable trio with those other jazz legends Jack DeJohnette Jack and Ron Carter, this new solo incursion on the piano confirms both the creative versatility of Gonzalo Rubalcaba and the state of grace in which he finds himself at this moment. And we don't want him to stop.

SPAIN / by Sound World

We won by losing - Anabel Lee

Almost three years have passed since Anabel Lee's debut. Time that the band from Terrassa (Barcelona) has used to perfection to grease the wheels of this new album. We won by losingtheir second album. The quartet has stopped being so explicit in their lyrics, to give a much fresher air to the new pieces, without losing sight of their punk vein. Just listen to the first sentence of You disgust me to realize that this spirit is still intact. However, in spite of the guitars inside, the album has a more melancholic tone. In fact, they sound much more like a band than before and that has taken them from a promising group to become a reality in the Spanish underground. Now they have ahead of them the best thing they know how to do: to defend these new songs live, in which they will take us headlong to the Pogo, fun and feeling.


MEXICO / by Cynthia Flores (Indie Rocks!)

After Destruction - Descartes to Kant

This year has been very interesting in the return of many iconic Mexican indie bands, however one of the most outstanding has been Descartes a Kant. An independent experimental rock band from Guadalajara that surprisingly presented their first single, After Destruction in the company of an incredible video that presented them with a new lineup, new image -a beautiful tribute to DEVO- and many more surprises that have been unleashed around the concept of their new fourth material After Destruction released last September 29th under the independent label, Cleopatra Records.

This material is a concept album created in pandemic where it portrays the psychological malaise of a society isolated between social networks, consumerism, productivity and a myriad of issues that we live in today where The DAKThe sound has a refreshing fusion of rock, pop, progressive and progressive music full of strength and nostalgia in its guitars, bass and powerful drums, interspersed with more experimental soundscapes that will complement the narrative of this album. The sound has a refreshing fusion of rock, pop, progressive, full of strength and nostalgia in their guitars, bass and powerful drums, interspersed with more sonic experimentation that will complement the narrative of this incredible material. Listen carefully.

URUGUAY / By Piiila

All the Things I Couldn't Say - Victoria Brion

Since 2019 Victoria Brion has been releasing singles that in dribs and drabs were putting together a portrait in watercolors, with colors and sounds that were combining with each other, transforming. A half-jazzy phrasing, or a metric perhaps more rapped; diaphanous melodies with sinuous rhythms at times, angular and dangerous at others; electronic firmness counterbalanced with an R&B lysergy. However, for their debut album, which comes with the confessional title All the Things I Couldn't SayThe palette was reduced to a sober and dramatic black and white. But far from being an exercise in simplification, it is the condensation of all of the above. Here the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist stirs her inner self to draw, observe, process and renew. Accompanied by a stellar line-up (made up of Montevidean musical references such as Fabrizio Rossi and Santiago Marrero, instrumentalists such as drummer Juanma Cayota and Felipe Fuentes on bass, and finally the great Luciano Supervielle) Victoria painted her new songs in wild chiaroscuro, with memorable intensity and beauty.

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