Como Asesinar a Felipes’ latest release (and debut album on Koolarrow records), Un Disparo al Centro, takes the group’s sound into uncharted territory. Collaborating with the Juvenile National Symphony Orchestra of Santiago adds an epic element to their already diverse amalgamation of hip-hop, jazz, rock, and psychedelic music.
This tone is a bit darker than I’m used to hearing from CAF–in a good way. It’s not a depressing sort of emo darkness, but a haunting sort mad scientist darkness. It steps with tons of confidence, though, as though they mean exactly what they play and nothing else.
This one’s a short listen, but it’s packed with carefully crafted tracks that are sure to stretch your musical reference points. Orchestral arrangements with neo-jazz drums, Subcomandante Marcos’ intelligently spacey keys, brilliant scratching and sampling by DJ Sapcio, and the eclectic, melodic emceeing of Koala Contreras? If you don’t like this album then there’s something wrong with you.
Being that this is their first release with a label outside of Chile (past releases have been through Santiago’s Potoco Discos), it’ll be interesting to see how much the rest of the world catches on. CAF certainly deserves all the success they are able to find.
And mad props for the EZLN reference, guys (Subcomandante Marcos).
Here’s one of the songs off the album, “Cuando la verdad no encaja.”
Buy this album on itunes here.
And check out Koolarrow’s Vimeo page for more CAF songs, as well as songs by their other artists.