5 October 2018
Write: Rafael Valdizán:
If making music in Peru is like sailing against the current, imagine what it is like to embark on a progressive rock project. It is equivalent to fighting against huge windmills.
Fortunately, there are people here who still breathe art and are passionate about putting plans into motion that, a priori, may seem impossible. Music is capable of moving everything. And this has happened with Actitud Modulada, a Peruvian supergroup that has just given birth to its first child, an album that bears the same name as the band, and I say supergroup because, indeed, it is. Its members come from various groups and solo careers, which already gives the ensemble a definite plus.
Precisely, with tremendous people, this first album could not go wrong. There was no way. At the helm, Daniel López Gutiérrez: keyboardist who has played in bands such as Kharmina Burana, Hombre de Lata, Flor de Loto, among others. There are also two musicians from Frágil: Octavio Castillo and Jorge Durand. Along with them, Alejandro Susti, a long-standing singer-songwriter and prolific writer; Diego Sue, bassist who also played in Kharmina Burana and current member of La Specie, Curiosity and Mandamás; José Palacios Cussianovich, guitarist for the jazz funk band Strecht it to the Limit and the jazz trio 702 Banana Cake; and Dante Oliveros, renowned percussionist from La Sarita.
With such a flowery background, a proposal that integrated a wide range of elements was to be expected. And so it is: the premiere of Actitud Modulada starts from a progressive matrix, but adds sound details and harmonies arising from other musical aspects.
For example, a song like Cuerda Rasgada —which opens the album— incorporates Afro-Peruvian spirit, masterfully coupled to the general framework of the work. While Demon crosses the path to spaces where hard rock and jazz are regents. An instrumental piece where all the virtuosity of the band's musicians jumps to the ear.
There is also a pronounced jazzeada presence in Three Seconds (another instrumental installment), while in Metamorphosis hard rock takes you back by the neck.
The purest progressive themes are Gallinazos and 10:27, works that display all the richness of the genre and that combine a plurality of atmospheres that go from pastoral calm to vortexes impregnated with agitation.
A special mention to the warm voice of Alejandro Susti, the ideal timbre for this exquisite musical offering.
Actitud Modulada —the album— was recorded at the former Iempsa studios, in Lima, and mastered at no less than the legendary Abbey Road studios, in London, under the supervision of Christian Wright, who has worked with people such as Radiohead, Blur, Arcade Fire, Bryan Ferry, Coldplay, and more.
As I close this note, I realize that I can't get songs like Gallinazos, Metamorphosis and, of course, Cuerda Rasgada out of my head. Without a doubt, the debut of Attitude Modulated in the recording adventure was magnificent. And more to come.
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