Guys. I want to urge you to learn Spanish just so you can listen to this album; or don’t and STILL listen to it. I’ve been a fan of Calle 13 for years now and I feel as if I’ve been waiting for an album like this from René (& co.)
This track is just the one I’m feeling this morning, featuring Silvio Rodríguez (renowned Cuban musician). The video stars Gael García Bernal and María Valverde, channeling the surrealistic feeling of a Gabriel García Márquez or Isabel Allende novel.
Or the song “Multi Viral”, whose amazing video was shot in Palestinian villages. The track features voice-over by Julian Assange; René traveled to the Equatorial embassy in London, where Assange is a political refugee, to record the lyrics. The song also features Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine) and Arabic lyrics sung by Arab-Israeli singer Kamilya Jubran. A song about resistance. Gives me chills sometimes.
Or “Adentro” whose lyrics speak out about gangs/violence in Puerto Rico, especially against rappers whose lyrics enforce that, and whose video features René destroying his own Masarati (with a bat handed to him by Willie Mays) after a line of ” Puerto Rican gangster youth” throw their guns and expensive jewelery inside.
Or “El Aguante” , which was influenced by Ireland’s resistance to assimilation (the opening of the track features an Irish flute melody) and mentions several other historical conflicts, wars, and dictatorships. How we, as a people, have had to endure all of it. You can listen/see the video here. (TW: death/hanging - opening scene).
Or one of my favorites, the opening track “Respira El Momento”, which basically talks about the cycles of human life. The chorus was built around a Native American chant sung by Native singer Vernon Foster, who they found on youtube.
An introduction spoken by Eduardo Galeano; I mean, come on!
Hightlighted for the actual beats: Gato que Avanza Perro que Ladra; Perseguidos; Fuera de la Atmosfera del Craneo; Me Vieron Cruzar (one of my favorites); Cuando Los Pies Besan El Piso.
Okay, so, that’s pretty much the whole album lmao.
I stand by the fact that he is genius. Not to mention that the producer (&multi-instrumentalist) is his (step)brother Eduardo and most of the female vocals are sung by his (step)sister Ileana. AND this is the first album released on their independent label, after leaving Sony. (hell yeaaa)
I hope some of you will take the time to check them out (after I compiled this for you, shit.) :p
It’s all I want to listen to lately.