Mastretta: ¡Vivan Los Músicos! is a fantastic, quirky, and odd album that I simply can't get enough of, so I had to write about it here. Maybe you'll find out that you like it too, or you might think I'm crazy. Either way, I'm in love.
I first came across Nacho Mastretta's music when watching a distinctly disturbing yet fantastic video on Vimeo entitled "Alma" by Rodrigo Blaas. The film itself is worth watching, so I'll let you go check it out for a minute.
So now that you're back (and slightly disturbed), the catchy music? That's Mastretta. And the album is more of the same quirky but catchy music with the same distinct sound, which I can't really come up with any words to describe. It's beautiful and surreal with Spanish musical influences, some Jazz thrown into the mix, and since I was introduced to the composer through "Alma", a good bit of creepiness. But it's a good creepiness, if you get what I mean.
The music itself ranges from cacophonous revelry to slow, sad instrumental solos, and everything in between. It's odd how things can be both harmonious and disharmonious, but it's the case here, and things can slide so easily between the two that you've barely had a chance to notice it until it's happened. And let me tell you, there's a lot happening in most of these quirky songs, and you'll have to listen for quite some time to pick out each little moment and twist thrown in.
The previous album by Mastretta (self-titled) does feature some vocals, but this one does not -- it's purely instrumental. If you're looking for music that both thrills the cockles of your heart and your brain cells, here is something new and interesting, and yes, slightly creepy.
Until next time, keep on writing with light. (And listening to great music!)