Yezve would like to give the impression of being a full, modern band. Chano Santamaria on vocals & keyboards, Dingo Ros on bass, Claude Landa on drums. This is a fiction though being that the latter two do not exist. Yezve is simply Chano Santamaria as writer, performer, arranger, and producer. As the band’s name suggests – Yezve’s music is like a potent cup of coffee that makes us aware of what was already around us.
Quirky, yet relevant. At times bawdy and carnavalesque. Yet a deep spiritual reverence runs through Monocultura that becomes unabashed prayer at times. Yezve seldomly lets us rest on convention, but instead, demonstrates that fusion does not have to be formulae. Monocultura smuggles in Afro-Cuban rhythm and song, unflinchingly sings about harsh realities, while maintaining a pop sensibility that dissolves any pretense. Recorded on home recording equipment, acoustically imperfect conditions, and a 3rd world budget, yet not leaving the listener with a sense of deficiency or lack of substance.
Longtime friend, Charlie Alvarez, is featured as rhythm guitar on the conflicted rock-bolero La Víspera and as solo on the neo-psychadelia funk of Pinche Día. Camelio’s trickster-esque vocals are featured on Bachata Para Violencia. The album artwork was created by Akaixi Gonzalez from little more than descriptions and doodles that were meant to convey the raw image of Monocultura. Yezve invites the listener to take a sip of this potent brew of songs.
|POSTED BY: EricLawrence||POSTED ON: 17 Nov 2008 05:32 PM|
"Monocultura" by Yezve is an experimental Latin/alternative album filled with energy and a great variation in style. There is a sort of twisted jazz element in this band's sound that combines itself with traditional Latin elements along with quirky electronic sounds and soundscapes. The big accomplishment in this album is a collection of songs that contains off the wall arrangements and sounds that not only challenge your ears, but entertain you at the same time. More simply put, the songs are catchy and original. The album was recorded with the sense of analog meets digital. It keeps you on your toes. You will also appreciate the variation in vocal sounds that compliment the arrangements accordingly from track to track. "La Víspera" is enjoyable, with a gorgeous guitar progression, great vocal performance, and some quirky nuances. "Rosas" has a tight beat, a bass line that grooves, and is extremely catchy. "Super Chido (Pt. 1)" has kind of a 70's cop or even secret agent sort of a feel, with some old school hip hop elements as well. If you enjoy Latin/alternative bands that push the envelope, you will not be disappointed with Yezve's “Monocultura.”-William and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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