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artist: Matias Aguayo
title: The Visitor
format: CD / 2LP + CD / DIGITAL
- Matias Aguayo is one of today’s most respected underground dance acts thanks to his own solo work and as a part of the legendary Kompakt act Closer Musik. Recent times have found him working together with artists such as Battles and Chris Baio (of Vampire Weekend). “The Visitor” is his third album - a major leap forward for this talented producer.
- “The Visitor” is very much a collaborative project featuring Juliana Gattas (Miranda!) and Aérea Negrot (Hercules & Love Affair), Daniel Maloso, Jorge González (Los Prisioneros), Philipp Gorbachev, Daniel Maloso and many others. The album was co-produced and mixed by Deadbeat.
- Extensive world tour to start this summer through 2014 with focused PR campaigns and promotion in major territories worldwide.
- Limited vinyl deluxe version features limited 2LP 180 gram vinyl in gatefold vinyl with EXCLUSIVE free CD of instrumental versions plus a copy of the CD!!
"As a travelling musician, and throughout my whole life, I have been a visitor…"
This year, the Cómeme label brings you its third, solo artist album - Matias Aguayo ‘The Visitor’.
His early music production days started as half of the legendary techno duo, Closer Musik, then two stellar albums, as Matias Aguayo, for Kompakt records: 2005’s ‘Are You Really Lost’ and then 2009’s stunning ‘Ay Ay Ay’. Aguayo is one of the most open-minded and versatile artists working in electronic music today. A big part of this comes from the Chilean/German, Aguayo, continually proving his ability to adapt to the creative frequencies of others; in 2011 he performed vocals with math-rock trio Battles for their hit ‘Ice Cream“ and in 2012 sung on "Tonto“ by Baio (of Vampire Weekend).
‘The Visitor’ was recorded over a period of 5 years in various places around the world: Buenos Aires, Ciudad de México, Vitry-Sur-Seine, Rionegro (Antioquia, Colombia), Sternhagen Gut (Germany) and his Berlin studio, The District Union.
As with his previous albums, Aguayo unveils the unexpected rather than appeasing fans of the genre specific. For this album, he considers his roots in proto-house, new wave, techno and other indigenous body music styles that he has discovered throughout his travels. These primal elements make up the core of the album; the music is harder, provocative more up-tempo and psychedelic than it’s been before. ‘The Visitor’ is his most direct album release to date.
Artists who have recorded for the label have had some level of creative input on ‘The Visitor’. Cómeme has a loyal lineage, Philipp Gorbachev, Ana Helder, Daniel Maloso, Alejandro Paz – all Cómeme artists – have contributed. Collaboration is the essence of this album and a pool of shared creativity is a vital part of the label’s creed. "The Visitor" also features a multitude of differing artistic voices like Juliana Gattas (Miranda!), Aérea Negrot, Liset Alea and Jorge González (Los Prisioneros). Aguayo spent the month of January 2013 near Medellín, Colombia recording with friends and Cómeme artists, Sano and Gladkazuka. Percussionist, Luis Miguel ‘Cucharita’ Jaramillo, adds a warmth and humanity to the essence of some of the final recordings. The album was mixed by Scott Monteith aka Deadbeat.
"Music is about dialog and communicating on other levels, that's why it is more fun and more challenging to involve people in the process, and learn from one another."
‘The Visitor’ opens with ‘RRRRR’, detonating like a technicolour rocket; bass licks collide with the frenzied, intertwining vocals of Argentinian Juliana Gattas and Venezuelan singer Aérea Negrot. Matias Aguayo co-wrote this with Chilean vocalist Jorge González (of legendary 1980’s Chilean new wave group Los Prisioneros) who also contributed on‘Las Cruces’ and ‘Una Fiesta Diferente’.
Aguayo likes to play with dialect and character; switching for ‘Dear Inspector’, featuring Philip Gorbachev winding up a rhythm like a mechanised tin soldier. Aguayo’s vocal strings a sinuous, unsettling narrative before the album’s ultimate trip, ‘By The Graveyard’. Here, Aguayo experiences fever dreams of the shadowy Isaac Johan in his District Union studio, conducting a schizoid rhythm (with Philipp Gorbachev) to reflect a mood that’s more Berlin in 1983, than Berlin in 2013.
This Aguayo / Gorbachev union is a blend that gives rise to some of the most addictive tracks to appear on the record. Additionally, Alejandro Paz - who will join Matias Aguayo to perform this summer - harmonises with his voice on the modern Peruvian influenced ballad (with lyrics written by Jorge González) ‘Aonde’, alongside the chorus of Ana Helder, Julia Bande, Julia Kasprzak, Amelia Bande and Rodrigo Olavarría - that contribute to the “keep your cocaine out of the club” anthem ‘Las Cruces’. Meanwhile Daniel Maloso – machine funk virtuoso from Monterrey, Mexico - can be heard on ‘Levantate Diegors’, ‘El Camaron’ and ‘Do You Wanna Work’ ...
The combination of such a rich bed of shared creativity between Aguayo and the artists establishes the sense that he has reached what could be his most profound and inspiring work; utilising such diverse layers of analogue and acoustic instrumentation, The Visitor as a whole provokes a distinct listening experience.