Calidosound, Superlitio

Volumen 7, Colombia
Rating: 63
By Carlos Reyes

Superlitio is according to a majority, the new most important alternative band from Colombia, but it took them almost five years to release another album after the highly acclaimed Tripping Tropicana which earned them a Latin Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Colombian rock seems oddly overlooked, thing is, most of the attention goes to popstars Shakira and Juanes, or the tropi-pop sounds of Fanny Lu and Fonseca. A very good friend from Bogota tells me he is “ashamed” (harsh word) to see that such a mediocre act as Don Tetto is seen as the present and future of his country’s alternative scene, and it really is ridiculous, starting with the fact that Aterciopelados is continuing to make tremendously enchanting albums, too good to start making plans to pass the crown.

Is there is an alternative scene? Yes, (they do run Rock Al Parque, the second biggest music fest in Latin America), but with few picks worthy to check; Colombian press has been fussing around Doctor Krapula but I’m not buying it, Sanalejo is better but not particularly great, so I would point to Cabas, Monareta, Choc Quib Town, Bomba Estereo and Superlitio as the true stars to be proud of. Now getting back to Superlitio, it is nice to see them back; their obscure ska underlined by some colorful synths is their big asset, and expect more of it in Calidosound, which was kindly sponsored by a beer brand and so it was released as a free download. Its biggest strength, the warmth and fluency of their grooves taken to the emergency room by very Ozomatli-like robotic beings that pop up from nowhere. Its biggest weakness, lyrically and vocally the songs sound like those popular wanna-be funny hits by Juanes.

“Perro Come Perro” is a great tropical song, it was written for the film by the same name; let me tell you that movie is not fun, but it’s so raw and completely bonded to this piece of music that is skillfully ornamented by the vigor of its trumpets as if it was a pure salsa, plus the crude story recaps a state of mind in a country known for its violence. Also operating from this theme is the opening track “El Cartucho”, where they want to tell everyone to get those ammunitions out of the eye, to keep them rolling until they’re inexistent, only then they’ll be able to smile and get the good times rolling. “Favorite Song” sums up the album as a common place, it aims for freedom but it doesn’t quite get there, but it does release a couple of tracks that merit a dance floor and the attention of those looking for optimism.


el amarillo said...

i have downloaded this album but i don't dare to listen. i actually tried some of tehse songs but they sounded so juanes-pop-like that i quit. they're not bad musicians at all, trippingtropicana is a wonderful album, but they really got it slow down with this work. there's no more ¿que vo' hacer? they say they're looking for their real sound, something to define their music, but they're far from maybe. i hope they find the good sound again. and on the matter of colombian alternative scene. wow, it is quite funny the vision you showed on your post, my country is not bringing indie shows every single hour like mexico, but we have real good artists, shakira, juanes, fonseca just kidding they suck! aterciopelados is still the first band waving this flag in my country, they even became independent yeah! i can mention some of the acts i know, some of which you should try too: odio a botero, cho quib town, serapia, systema solar, bomba estereo, transporte, diva gash, sidestepper, joe carvajal. we still need more bands, more solo acts waving indie flag in my country but we're not wasting our scene, just in case, superlitio is the case of a commercial interruption in independent music in my country. you can check my blog i have some more colombian acts you could avaluate.


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