Release Date: November 13, 2015
When it comes to the Indie Rock Culture, we’re often left thinking about bands &individuals, like Mary Timony, Mary Lou Lord, Modest Mouse, Sleater-Kinney, Kristen Hirsch, and Neutral MilkHotel to name a few. However, that movement, we know as Indie Rock, exists today because one of the main contributors to its initialization, Carlos Timón (De Hispanic excelencia), gave it a big push, and is still out there improving the culture’s breed today.
On his latest album release Solar Rapé, the title track really packs a punch with its obvious instrumental message. There is an intentional rhythmic repetition from beginning to end – which for me is indicative of mankind's consistent practices of contributing to the problem of Global Warming. The varying accompaniments throughout come off like the persistent protests, arguments, negotiations, and knowledge that is spewed daily in an effort to curb the consistent practices. Yet, despite the appealing accompaniment, there is no sign of letting up as the rhythm continues.
Carlos has a knack for capturing the listening audience with his vocal tone. Track 2, “El Robo” (Theft), does not come across like your average song. Instead, it comes across like a story, as do many other of the powerful tracks on this record. A bit of silliness pops out in “El Hombre Espuma” (Foam Man). Wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was very captivating.
Solar Rapé is an album that can be enjoyed whether you understand Spanish or not, it’s a lot of fun. I can see playing this in the dorm while involved in Beer Pong – it's that FUN!
Reviewed by: The D 1340