Tuesday, 9 March 2021

VA ‎– América Invertida (Leftfield Pop & Experimental Folk From 80s Uruguay) (2019)

Genre: Electronic, Jazz, Pop, Folk, World & Country
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label:  Little Butterfly Records

01.   Contraviento - Desencanto
02.   Jaime Roos, Estela Magnone - Tras Tus Ojos
03.   Eduardo Darnauchans - De Los Relojeros
04.   Hugo Jasa - Kabumba
05.   Eduardo Mateo - El Chi-li-ban-dan
06.   Travesía - En Este Momento
07.   Mariana Ingold - Capítulos
08.   La Escuelita - Llamada Insólita
09.   Hugo Jasa - Y El Tiempo Pasa
10.   Leo Maslíah, Jorge Cumbo - Bombinhas
11.   Fernando Cabrera - A Ustedes

Compiled By, Concept By – Javi Bayo
Liner Notes – Andrés Torrón

LP version. Synth ambiences, acoustic landscapes, deep songwriting, and subtle candombe percussions combine in most of the musical output released in Uruguay during the '80s. A very unique sound was developed within the narrow boundaries of Montevideo, the country's capital city, by just a small group of very talented artists. These sounds reverberated in singer-songwriting (Eduardo Darnauchans, Fernando Cabrera, Estela Magnone), jazz fusion approximations (Hugo Fattoruso's La Escuelita), experimental music (Leo Maslíah, Hugo Jasa), and the work of musicians at the intersections of these worlds (Jaime Roos, Mariana Ingold). In América Invertida, ethereal vocal arrangements and acoustic guitars cohabit with synthesizers and drum machines; Candombe and Latin American music form a fellowship with new wave and dream pop. However, the overwhelming musical harvest produced by giant neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, shadowed any attempt for this scene to transcend beyond the local market. It's only now, a few decades later, when some of those records have achieved cult status among a discreet group of collectors that try hard to get hold of those titles, pressed in only tiny numbers at the time. No wonder, the timeless beauty of these songs remains in full effect while retaining the uniqueness of a sound resulting from multiple cultural encounters on the streets of Montevideo. This compilation, América Invertida, reveals part of this hidden world. It veers towards the most experimental side of Uruguayan singer-songwriting of the '80s, both from an acoustic and electronic point of view (with artists who moved between both universes) as well as towards instrumental fusion. A collaboration with Montevideo based label Little Butterfly. Compiled by Spanish DJ and collector Javi Bayo. Extensive liner notes by Uruguayan journalist and music expert Andrés Torrón. Also features Contraviento, Jaime Roos Y Estela Magnone, Eduardo Mateo, and Travesía.