Mati Zundel's an Argentine producer/songwriter, but that doesn't tell the whole story. He's making electronic music the likes of which you won't find in the UK or the US. In Zundel's electronic music and in this song "Señor Montecostes" you can hear the sounds of South America but also the sounds of Africa in the cumbia dance rhythms, the sounds of Detroit and some dubstep. Mati Zundel just signed to Waxploitation, a label known for Gnarls Barkely and Danger Mouse and so this may be your introduction to an artist you'll hear a lot from in 2012.
Zundel told us through email what he imaged the song's story to be:
A river boatman, Señor Montecostes, listens to the river. What he hears is the noise and mess of the out of the world — an out-of-control party that makes up the world that surrounds him.
His description "An out-of-control party" is the best way to sum up "Señor Montecostes." It feels as if Zundel somehow trapped a never-ending block party in his computer. The sounds of steel drums and maracas mix with electronic noise and fuzz to create an energetic, and slightly shambolic dance jam.
Matching the song's high energy, this video for "Señor Montecostes" may make your eyes pop out of your head. The dark subject matter (rainbow-colored goats being killed by a bloody butcher) is combined with frenetically-changing colorful geometric shapes. The directors, Luis Suarez and Moises Arancibia, keep everything constantly in motion. There's no time to think about the dark message underneath the bright flashing reds, yellows and greens. Here's how Luis Suarez described:
"Inspired by Latin American textile patterns, the video follows a goat's psychedelic mental trip through its life cycle, starting out in its the natural environment and ending in the hands of a butcher. It is a four minute trip of music and images through Latin American roots."
Mati Zundel's new record, Amazonico Gravitante, is due out on March 27th through Waxploitation/ZZK Records.