SUPPORT ALIEN INVASION
The ever-surprising and adventurous MatiasAguayo takes another step into unknown territories with this new solo album(his first in six years).The most immediately striking aspect of SupportAlien Invasion is the dual nature of the music: the tracks overflow withfestive dance action via hypermodern grooves, while exuding an impression of quasi-abstractsonic architectureThe danceable dimension is stunningly original,as Matias has been striving to create heavy, sound system-friendly beats whichincorporate non-Eurocentric, non-4/4 rhythm programming. The result oftensounds like some kind of irresistible, futuristic Maloya or carnival music,which induces new ways of dancing (as already witnessed by Matias while testingtracks during his DJ sets), and might open new roads by bypassing some of therules and references set by the official dance music narrative.At the same time, when approached in a moreintimate setting (headphones, living room, inner sanctum), the album turns outto provide a unique listening experience: one can easily get lost in itsbuzzing soundscapes, huge spaces, clinking tones, and other sonic inventionswhich bring Support Alien Invasion strangely close to some elegant, conceptual electroacousticpiece of work.Also noteworthy is the fact that, althoughMatias Aguayo has been exploring unconventional ways of using his voice in hisprevious recordings, this is the first of his albums on which he chose not usethis trademark feature.So what's with the title ?... Rather thanreferring to aliens from outer space, it's a plea to welcome human aliens (thedifferent, the foreign, the immigrant), a hope that letting them 'invade' usmight set us free, free from isolation, alienation, exclusion. Support AlienInvasion reflects this on many levels, for instance by the use of rhythms farbeyond the dominant structures of the northern hemisphere.Support Alien Invasion comes out on May 24.Forward-thinkin...