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El submarinista en el tejado

by Forastero

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Frenesí 03:43
The Box 04:02
Morfina 03:59
Baile Watusi 04:25
Medicine Man 03:16


"El submarinista en el tejado" ("Diver on the Roof"), is Sonic Youth intense in its climactic peaks and drips in filmic Morricone quirk when taking breath. Bolstered with baritones and a fistful of brass, it is the band's debut and fittingly comes out on the long-respected Madrid label, Lovemonk.

Made up by a group of players from Madrid’s jazz, Afrobeat and black music scene, Forastero are little known out of Spain, yet they have been experimenting with fuzzed up and leftfield beats and pieces in many of the capital's renowned live music 'salas' over the years. A six-piece, the group plays baritone sax, keys, synths, double bass, guitar, theremin and drums, and have no interest in playing fiddle to Madrid's conservative jazz audiences. In fact, it's the environment of a somewhat static new jazz scene in Madrid that has given the impetus for Forastero's creation and 'outsider' attitude. Literally their name, 'Forastero', means 'stranger' or 'foreigner'.

Recorded between September 2015 and July 2016 in Madrid, there is obvious anxiety and angst in this production but delivered with a poetry akin to a Tortoise or Brandt Brauer Frick production. 'The Box' is a cover of the Orbital classic, a syncopated and supple track jumping between loose expressions of ska and dub. 'Baile Watusi' charms with its collision of frantic jazz and chopped up sinuous funk, and 'Morfina', the lead single, evokes sixties soul and is a posthumous nod to renowned bass player, Mark Sandman.

Throughout "El submarinista en el tejado the band don't hide their fondness for the big screen, with the spaghetti western-like quality of 'Por la Calle de la amargura' an obvious example without being overwhelmingly pastiche. With the additional influences name checked by the group, such as Cinematic Orchestra, Jaga Jazzist, Red Snapper, Esbjörn Svenson Trio and Acoustic Ladyland, you get an idea of why their self-proclaimed tag as 'outsiders' has stuck.

The loose attitude to formula or structure in Forastero's work stands out a mile. Certainly their jazz and improvisational backgrounds has heavily influenced the writing process. There's a tight and intuitive rhythm section, which is frequently held together by a narrative quality in Dani Niño’s saxophone lead.

"We play jazz as rockers, twisting things and always experimenting", says Javier Gallego, the drummer. And onwards the band marches, irritating and entertaining all who hears them.

Forastero are Javier Colis (Guitar), Javier Diez-Ena (Bass), Javier Gallego “Crudo” (Drums), Dani Niño (Baritone Sax), Juan Carlos "Chavi" Ontoria (Keys), and Sergio Salvi (Synths).

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"El submarinista en el tejado" es el álbum de debut de Forastero, un sexteto de Madrid que se mueve con soltura en un terreno en el que colisionan sonidos del post-rock con armonías de distintos puntos de África, jazz o electrónica como si a nadie le importasen ya las etiquetas. Tampoco es de extrañar si te fijas en la composición del grupo: cada uno tiene tablas de sobra después de muchos años moviéndose en el underground de Madrid con grupos como Los Saxos Del Averno, Ginferno, Dead Capo, Demonios Tus Ojos y Ogun Afrobeat, por mencionar solo algunos.

La banda reúne una miríada de influencias musicales y formas poco convencionales. Desde la sorprendente revisión de 'The Box' (una versión de los 'original ravers' Orbital) a 'Morfina', con esencia soul y reminiscencias de Mark Sandman, pasando por el choque frontal entre jazz frenético y funk con ecos de África que es 'Baile Watusi'.

"El submarinista en el tejado" muestra la afición del grupo a imaginar bandas sonoras de películas que no existen, como por ejemplo el aire de rodaje de spaghetti western tomado por una cofradía sevillana de 'Por la calle de la amargura'.

Una robusta sección de ritmos circula por caminos poco transitados y empuja a la banda, muchas veces guiada por el saxo de Dani Niño, hacia las zonas fronterizas de distintos géneros. Por ellos se mueven de manera orgánica, como si los límites no existiesen, sin dejar en ningún momento de sonar coherentes y fluidos.

La portada del disco es una fotografía de Alberto García-Alix llamada “San Carlos, un horizonte falso”. La imagen tiene una historia detrás: San Carlos no existe. El fotógrafo encargó construir una maqueta de una ciudad y en su estudio, con luces y sombras, fotografió una ciudad en la que todos son forasteros.

Forastero son Javier Colis, Javier Diez-Ena, Javier Gallego “Crudo”, Dani Niño, Juan Carlos "Chavi" Ontoria y Sergio Salvo.


released November 18, 2016

Javier Colis (guitar)
Javier Díez Ena (double bass, bass, theremin)
Javier Gallego "Crudo" (drums)
Daniel Niño (baritone sax, alt sax)
Juan Carlos "Chavi" Ontoria (piano, organ, keyboards)
Sergio Salvi (keyboards, synthesisers)

Josué García (trumpets on "Por la calle de la amargura")
The Del Prince (background vocals on "La balada del hueso lamido")

Recorded in Madrid between September 2015 and July 2016
"El submarinista en el tejado", "Frenesí", and "Morfina" recorded on September 24th, 25th and 26th, 2015 at Reno studios
"The Box", "Baile Watusi", "Por la calle de la amargura", "El dolor del dinero", "Medicine Man", and "La balada del hueso lamido" recorded on May 8th and 9th, 2016 at Estudio Uno
"Dormíamos, despertamos" recorded on July 5th, 2016 at Red Led

Mixed by Luca Petricca at Reno studios (Madrid)
Mastered by Andreas Schoenrock at Studio Schoenrock (Stüttgart)
Produced by Forastero, Luca Petricca, and Borja Torres
Artwork by mamifero
Photo "San Carlos, un horizonte falso", 2013
© Alberto García-Alix, VEGAP, Madrid, 2016
Thank you Alberto García-Alix for letting us use his work for the album artwork


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Forastero Madrid, Spain

Cinco músicos forajidos se citan en otoño de 2011 para iniciar un nuevo proyecto a cuchillada limpia. Su sonido es un torrente instrumental que se bebe a trago largo.

Javier Colis - guitarra
Abraham Boba - teclas
Dani Niño - saxo barítono
Javier Díez Ena - contrabajo y theremin
Javier Gallego "Crudo" - batería

Graphic designer and Ilustrator: Miguel Luque.
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