Meet Aeiou: A Former Mexican Rocker Embarks On An Intergalactic Pop Voyage

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A couple of years ago, if you were to ask Café Tacvba, Julieta Venegas or any other Mexican rock legends about the future of their music, they would've pointed straight to the now defunct noise-pop band Porter. Although short-lived (they disbanded after 4 brilliant years), Porter broke through in the Mexican alternative scene with their generational anthem "Espiral."

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In 2007, the band delivered its first and only full-length album, Atemahawke, considered a landmark in Mexican rock. Despite having critical and commercial success — including a much-praised Coachella performance — the band called it quits in 2008.

Leading singer Juan Son then embarked on a solo career. Julieta Venegas invited him to collaborate on her MTV Unplugged, giving him valuable exposure. And when his record Mermaid Sashimi hit stores in 2008, it was clear that while Porter fans hold on to the memories of Son rocking the stage back in the day, he has made the exploration of pop music his main priority.

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Son now resides in the U.S. and recently unveiled the band Aeiou. He's described the creation of the band as spontaneous: When he invited renowned drummer Simone Pace from the group Blonde Redhead to help him with part of his album's production, he didn't expect to find his musical soulmate. The duo now makes vibrant electronic music.

Aeiou's debut album Space Hymn is comprised of 10 intergalactic-sounding tracks filled with ethereal harmonies. "Rancho" is the only song in Spanish. The very idea of closing a record full of swarming electronic sounds with a song about a ranch is precious. This is Son's heart-on-his-sleeve moment as he weeps, "I am crying to the sun."

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Conoce A AEIOU: Un Ex Rockero Mexicano Toma Un Viaje Intergaláctico

Hace unos años, si le preguntabas a Café Tacvba, Julieta Venegas o cualquier otra leyenda del rock mexicano acerca del futuro de la música, te hubiesen hablado acerca de la banda Porter. A pesar de que la agrupación no duró mucho (4 brillantes años), Porter se hizo conocida en la escena de la música alternativa mexicana con la canción "Espiral".

En el 2007, la banda nos dio su primer y único álbum, Atemahawke, considerado un álbum esencial del rock mexicano. A pesar de haber tenido gran éxito—y una excelente presencia en Coachella- Porter se desbandó en el 2008.

Así fue que el cantante Juan Son inició su carrera solista. Julieta Venegas lo invitó a colaborar en su MTV Unplugged, dándole más visibilidad. Y cuando su disco Mermaid Sashimi salió en el 2008, estaba claro que a pesar de que fans de Porter se aferraban a los recuerdos de Son haciendo rock, ahora sus prioridades estaban con la música pop.

Son ahora vive en Estados Unidos, y hace poco presentó su nueva banda, Aeiou. Ha hablado de la espontaneidad del proyecto: cuando invitó al reconocido baterista Simone Pace, del grupo Blonde Redhead, a que lo ayude con la producción del álbum, no esperaba encontrar su alma gemela musical. Ahora el dúo hace vibrante música electrónica.

El álbum debut de Aeiou se llama Space Hymn, y se trata de diez canciones intergalácticas, repletas de armonías celestiales. "Rancho" es la única canción en español. La idea de cerrar un disco lleno de energética música electrónica, con una canción acerca de un rancho, es preciosa. En esta canción, deja al descubierto su vulnerabilidad al cantar: "Estoy llorando al sol"

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