¡Aparato!: Ethereal Post-Punk To Feed Your Soul

Aparato's post-punk otherworldliness elevates listeners to new realms. i
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Aparato's post-punk otherworldliness elevates listeners to new realms.
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¡Aparato! lifted me to new realms the other day, thanks to Alt.Latino co-host Felix Contreras, who found the band during his travels through California. The group claims that their sound is part "post–punk expression" and part blissed-out soundscapes.

When I heard their song "Aire" for the first time in our studios, I got "the flash" – a term that attempts to describe something fairly indescribable. I discovered it in one of my favorite children's books, Emily of New Moon by Lucy Maud Montgomery (who also wrote Anne of Green Gables). The book's main character, Emily, is a born artist who feels the world a little too deeply. The upside of her heightened sensitivity is that on several occasions she experiences "the flash," which she describes as a moment in which the curtain between two worlds (the concrete and the spiritual) lifts, leaving her dazzled and profoundly awake.

I like to think that all of us, even the most serious members of the human tribe, experience "the flash" from time to time. And at the very least, I know that this concept isn't unique to kids' books. The thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi wrote about it in "Don't Go Back To Sleep."

People are going back and forth across the doorsill

where the two worlds touch.

The door is round and open.

Don't go back to sleep.

For me, the opening chords of "Aire" are an invitation to let go. The otherworldly vocals bring me to that in-between place, and my leap of faith, my departure from all things rational, is validated when lead singer Cat begins, "Sostenido en el aire estoy" (I'm being held up by air).

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¡Aparato!'s three members are eclectic and widely skilled musicians. They claim influences from jazz to Mexican son to cumbia to punk-rock. Their music's ethereal quality, they say, is meant to inspire personal reflection. For me, "Aire" offers a kind of permission to be alone. The band members say in their artist statement that they believe in social justice and human dignity. I can't think of a better way to further those two aims than by making music that allows listeners to feel at home with themselves, and all of the mystery that surrounds.

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¡Aparato!: Post-Punk Para Elevar Tu Mente

El otro día la banda ¡Aparato! me elevó los ánimos, gracias a Felix Contreras, presentador de Alt.Latino, quien descubrió la banda en su reciente viaje a California. Según el grupo, sus creaciones tienen algo de expresionismo "post-punk", y también un poco de paisaje sónico.

Cuando escuché la canción "Aire" por primera vez en nuestros estudios, tuvé "un flash"- un término que estoy usando para expresar lo inexpresable. La primera vez que sentí ese "flash" fue de chiquita, leyendo mi libro favorito, Emily Of The New Moon, por la autora Lucy Maud Montgomery (su obra mas famosa es la serie Ana De Las Tejas Verdes.) El personaje principal del libro, Emily, es una artista que siente las cosas un poco demadiado inténsamente. Lo bueno de su sensibilidad es que durante varias ocasiones, siente un "flash"- ella lo describe como un momento en el cual se sube la cortina entra dos mundos (concretos y espirituales), dejándola maravillada y profúndamente despierta.

Me gusta pensar que todos, incluyendo los miembros mas serios de la tribú humana, sentimos ese "flash" de vez en cuando. No es un concepto único a los libros infantiles. En el siglo trece el poeta sufí Rumi escribió acerca de esta misma sensación en "No Te Vuelvas A Dormir"

La gente va y viene a través del umbral de la puerta.
No te vuelvas a dormir.

La puerta es redonda y abierta.
No te vuelvas a dormir.

Para mi los primeros acordes de la canción "Aire" son una invitación para dejarme ir. La voz etérea me transporta a ese limbo entre dos mundos, me hace pegar un salto de fé.

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Los tres integrantes de ¡Aparato! son músicos sumamente talentosos cuyas influencias son variadas, desde el jazz hasta el son mexicano, e incluyendo la cumbia y el punk-rock. La música que hacen es casi celestial. Según ellos, intentan inspirar la reflección personal. Creo que "Aire" ofrece permiso para estar solo.

Los integrantes de la banda creen en la justicia social y dignidad humana. Se me ocurre que esta es la major manera de lograr esas dos metas: hacer música que hace que los oyentes se sientan cómodos dentro de si mismos y del misterio que los rodea.

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