The spectral sound design (especially in what comes to voice mixing) and the ghostly instrumentation in this album (most of the songs where recorded in a barroque 415 Hrz pitch, thus giving the album a deep and somewhat detuned atmosphere as a whole) have created a certain remoteness from massive audiences in Chile and Spanish-speaking countries. Nevertheless, fans in Denmark, Germany, Greece, England and Iceland have been able to enjoy what some people overseas have called the ‘discovery of an unknown latin rock’ in Jarque´s psychophonic music.
Though not a straightforward political album, ‘Monstruos Bajo la Cama’ has been considered to have one of the best homages to those who disappeared during Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1989) in Chile: ‘Patio xxix’. Moreover, Rodrigo Jarque is well-known in his country because of his work with refugees as Head of the Languages Programme at the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Political or not, the album and the artist behind have brought some discussion forth about human rights and immigrants.
Rodrigo Jarque is now recording a second album that will probably be called “illuminaciones”, to be released on march 2008. Meanwhile, the band is about to release a Li-fi acoustic session video of 3 songs that will be included in the next album (the songs are ‘nubes’, ‘quema las naves’ and ‘la luz inicia’). Along with Jarque, there’s now a new band formed by Angelo Agurto (Bass), Pablo Yovane (Keyboards, Glockenspiel, Guitar), Rodrigo Soto (Drums, Keyboards) and Sebastian Gonzalez (Guitar, Sound effects).
Some of the influences that have been traced out from this artist are: Slowdive, Ride, Sigur Rós, My Bloody Valentine and Radiohead, amongst others.
(James Avernon, City & Rock)
Official site (so far): www.myspace.com/rodrigojarque .
Edited by rodrigojarque on 28 Dec 2007, 17:13
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