La Gran Perdida de Energia's story starts in Patagonia, Argentina when 4 guys decide to make music that doesn't exist in their small village. You can feel the weather and see those landscapes when you hear their music.
The musical composing is a kind of a trip. Most of the time you don't know when or where this is going to end. As soft climates and melodies are common, sometimes everything crashes with some powerful drums and bass. La Gran Perdida de Energia makes music with 4 instruments (2 guitars, bass and drum) and post-rock maybe the genre of their music. Some post-rock guitars and cymbals play rhythm when the drum and bass hit together... It's normal to hear changes in phrases, and sometimes the trip end at an unexpected moment. There are lot of snow, lakes, rain and woods in those musical climate, as are in their home town Patagonia.
Most of the record is instrumental; there are little “mantras” in the second half of it, repeating that little words to find all their own meanings. Voice is like an other instrument in those moments. The record starts with a little intro of “El Mes del Viento” and continues with “Balsa”. “Do!” is where the music gets more cozy with more rhythm and guitar plucking. Then with “Bajo el Manzano”, the music takes a long road that arrives the ocean and stays there with “De los que Viven Bajo el Agua”. “Asia” takes things more powerful with all the structure changes and mantras of “Diente de León”.
The goal is achieved at the end, they produced music does not exit in their town and Fluttery Records can not resist releasing it.
La Gran Perdida de Energia is Post-Rock by the beach. This is such a casual take on what can be a rigid genre. Post-Rock sounds tortured most of the time by musicians suffering some unknowable pains (hence all the Post-Rock instrumental bands). Or the reverse is grandiose inspirational music a la Explosions in the Sky. Rather than follow these established templates La Gran Perdida de Energia takes a fun approach. This is rarely heard relaxed Post-Rock of Tristeza stock, of The Sea and Cake casual coolness.
‘DO!’ is where their personality begins to shine. Here their playfulness takes over showing off their style. ‘Bajo el Manzano’ may be their best song on the entire album. At nine minutes they sprawl out hitting every potential perfect sound. The tones are elegant. What is so remarkable is how clear their vision is in this song. As they explore they dive deeper and deeper into their own take on an often rigid genre. Moments of this song are pure bliss. Sonic Youth would be proud to call ‘Asia’ one of their own. Parts of this song achieve that combination of heartfelt warmth and hipness that Sonic Youth has been trying for lately. By the end they transform the piece into one of the lightest pieces I have heard for a while. This is not a crescendo but rather the best way a song can float away. ‘Diente de León’ ends it, alternating between indie rock, elements of surf rock, and post-rock.
Everything here shows off the talents of a band unconcerned with much of anything. It sounds completely free and happy. Let it lift you up.
MRU / Vanessa Baker
After La Gran Pérdida de Energia’s first album, Volvemos en 10 Años, was recorded and edited independently in 2007, the four members decided to go their separate ways. But three years later, when the men found themselves all living in the vicinity of their native Argentina, they reunited. And the product is La Gran Pérdida de Energia, eight energetic tracks carried by strong bass lines and powerful drums.
The band describes itself as “indie instrumental post-rock,” claiming the goal was to create something that defied the traditional Argentinean sound famous for soft climates and melodies. They certainly achieve this with the heavy use of drums on some tracks, while allowing other songs to slip into an easy, laid-back guitar melody almost reminiscent of 1970s rock. The harder sounds stop short of overkill, interspersed with easy rhythms and punchy beats.
Half of the songs are over five minutes, which can make the record feel as if it’s dragging a bit. But these grand, sweeping tracks have enough upbeat melody tucked inside them to give the feel of building up to something rather than bringing the album to a halt.
La Gran Pérdida de Energia covers a lot of ground, contrasting catchy, Latinesque numbers with heavy, nostalgic guitar riffs and climactic drum lines. The band manages to pack a lot into the album, while challenging the sound of Argentina.
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La Gran Perdida de Energia from Villa La Angostura in Argentina is an Experimental Alternative Rock band. Formed in 2007 and made up of the quartet - Hernán Aguilar, Salvador Barcellandi, José Delgado and Lisandro Marquez.
Ringing out from the small town close to the Chilean Border in Andean Patagonia there emerges a sound which must, I imagine, ring strangely to the surrounding mountains. As the experimental alternative rock generated by La Gran Pérdida de Energía sits leagues away from the more traditionally associated music.
Tracks range from barely a minute to getting on for the fifteen minute mark, as the musicians calmly express the story within each song, without vocal.
Strangely, I don’t get a sense of the source geography of the creators from the music, rather that of a wide open land-mass. The material is written within a recognizable format, whilst permitted to wander over the scale to create the experimentation the band wishes to pursue.
There is a gentle rolling sound which emanates from the band which is creatively encompassed within a refrain of guitar driven harmonics. I can pretty well see the guys sitting on the beaches of West Coast USA creating the music, not in the bowl of alpine style chalets, deep in the heart of South America, albeit lake-bound.
One of the joys of writing about music is the surprising out-put and locations from which the musicians make their statements. La Gran Perdida de Energia is a superb sounding band that I am delighted to have had the opportunity to get to review.
Slave State / Michael Porali
Fluttery Records moves all that often in the neighborhood of post-rock and ambient, and La Gran Perdida de Energia is no exception. Initial "El Mes del Viento" creeps along like a mix of Mogwai - Anno 1997, Sonic Youth's more rock-oriented side. According to the La Gran Perdida de Energia (freely translated: the great loss of energy) to be the only / first band in their genre in their city. It's atmospheric and epic, and there are natural and weather metaphors. Patagonian plains and mountains, a lonely night promenerandes… You feel like you actually see a post rock concert at a moderate great club scene. Is this makes me want to hear more of the band? Clearly!
Caleidoscoop / Jan Willem Broek
The next country has been added to Fluttery Record's artists list is Argentina. The first two songs starts the the album in exciting way, without an eruption to come. In that respect remind Mogwai and sometimes Come On Die Young. Then it becomes a lot more rhythmic and actually hear a lot of acrobatic math rock influences, causing Don Caballero comes into the picture. Furthermore, they also frequently noise like Sonic Youth. They have surf rock influences like Pixies and they also have heavy prog-rock influences. Post-rock that gives the feeling of flying reminds the band Explosions In The Sky, it's clear in the songs like "Asia".
The band knows how to sound original and adds their own color to post-rock music. Great loss of energy, as the band name suggests, is not there now because they give everything on the right dose, you get more energy. Great and original debut.