Ases Falsos
Conduccion


4.5
superb

Review

by PiedradeLuna USER (38 Reviews)
October 23rd, 2014 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The last days of summer...

Chilean outfit, Ases Falsos are one of the latest bands to make the rounds of being touted as indie darlings of the Latin American blogosphere with all the posturing and hype that goes along with that territory (as evidenced by the 20,000 downloads they managed when Quemasucabeza, their record company, put the disc up for free for 24 hours)--but damn it, if it isn't nice when a group actually lives up to the attention they've garnered. The cleanly picked acoustic guitar that begins the album along with accompanying flute establishes the mood for the rest of the disc. One can easily conjure up images of a deserted highway full of miles of open road, the sun and nothing but perhaps this album and your thoughts to keep you company. Conducción exhibits all the tell-tale signs of the perfect lackadaisical summer record but packed with enough substance and weight to keep you coming back for more.

The group's debut album Juventud Americana didn't quite bring Ases Falsos that much fame, even in their home country, but what it did manage to do was open up the ears of listeners as a band with quite the potential--if only they could nail their sound. A few years later and a few years wiser, Cristóbal Briceño and his group have penned quite the follow-up record. Whereas the debut was mired in rebellious lyrics focusing on political turmoil and the sounds of rock latinoamericano circa the 1970's and 80's; Conducción plays out like a coming-of-age personal transformation of sorts. The kind one experiences after accepting the futileness, or rather, the foolishness of their rebellious youth and in turn striving for a more holistic or well-rounded approach towards life. A tender maturation in both sound and lyricism, the album is nicely balanced between feel good pop songs, straight up rock latinoamericano and emotionally charged ballads.

Ases Falsos sets themselves apart from their contemporaries by having a penchant for writing captivating melodies and wonderful hooks along with Briceño's ingenious and often comically detached lyrics. The progress into 'adulthood' the band has undertaken is quite noted on some of the penned words by the frontman, take for example "Búscate un lunar para ensayar",

Pongo el caso de una marcha
Nos conmueve la fiereza de cada canción
Pero son frases hechas que se olvidan con facilidad
Después de unas cervezas nadie sabe dónde quedó la rabia


The focus on the instrumentation and lyrical content is evident throughout the record. While being brought up, no doubt listening to Chilean pop/rock groups like Los Bunkers, La Ley and others, Ases Falsos have taken what they grew up with and advanced it for the modern age. The guitars on the album, for the most part, are light and breezy never really getting too aggressive and the drums and bass keep things in check. However, not afraid to mix things up a bit, Ases include a great deal of orchestral instruments into their sound like the plucky saxophone on the aforementioned track, as well as in "Plácidamente" but also subtle touches of violins and cellos on some of the more romantically driven songs like "Simetria" (which is one of the better songs on the album). Not only was it chosen as the first single of the disc but it also contains some of the most touchingly honest lyrics. Rarely seen in today's pop industry, the honest approach to the lyrics shines on a number of other tracks as well. Take "Cae la cortina", which blends smooth almost jazz-like synths and beats with heartfelt croons that steadily proclaim that us humans aren't too different from each other when the curtains come down. Other songs on the album forgo the charged sentiments for more cheerful, uplifting vibes like "Tora Bora" and "Nada" the latter of which, at times, resembles the sounds of the stars of old like José José who have had plenty of success in their home country of Mexico and in Latin America in general.

What makes Conducción such an engaging listen is that the songs are bunched together and often hit the listener in waves. Like movements, the order of the disc, flows over you allowing for easy digestion of each and every track. The melodies are poppy and infectious at their highest and the poignant, moving verses of the more somber tracks allow one to dwell haplessly in their misfortune. Perfect for those road trips that seek adventure and fun but all the while, in the background there is something more serious, something more contemplative to the voyage--that is exactly what Ases Falsos bring to the table, an album that can be equally enjoyed together with friends or in solitude.



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PiedradeLuna
October 23rd 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Been busy so haven't had much time to review lately. Therefore feedback is appreciated. Putting in a youtube link to the full album so people can give it a listen as well as a video for lead single Simetria.



Full Album:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrDP67G0ugI

Simetria:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH1-Mi5t4lM



Also on a side note, can someone tell me how to italicize things. I've tried a couple of times with but it never seems to work out.

JohnnyOnTheSpot
Emeritus
October 23rd 2014


6743 Comments


[ i ] inserttexthere [ / i ]
but without the spaces

PiedradeLuna
October 23rd 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Johnny!



I've been using < > these symbols before so perhaps that's why it didn't work, I'll try and edit it using that and see if it

works.



Edit: Super! It worked, thanks a bunch.

Asdfp277
October 23rd 2014


21718 Comments


"The last days of summer..."

¡¿Tení alguna idea de la CALOR que hace ahora en Santiago?! Esta weá está recién empezando.

PiedradeLuna
October 23rd 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

jajaja yo sé, pero en los estados unidos está terminando y desde la mayoría de Sputnik son estadounidenses, pensé que era mejor relacionarlo con sus temporada.



Pero sí, hace demasiado calor acá.

Asdfp277
October 23rd 2014


21718 Comments


no puedo creer que sean casi las doce y hacen como 7000°C, mátenme pls, alguien

PiedradeLuna
October 23rd 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

jaja O ctm weon. Bueno, vivo en Valpo y tenemos la brisa del mar así q no hace tanto calor acá

Asdfp277
October 23rd 2014


21718 Comments


el aire caliente aquí está estancado, es insoportable >:c

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hey, i found some stuff in ur review would u like some ""criticism""??

PiedradeLuna
October 23rd 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Eso... aveces trabajo en stgo y ahora el clima es terrible.



Sure. Any feedback helps

Asdfp277
October 23rd 2014


21718 Comments


nah, tomorrow. its too hot now for feedback lol

PiedradeLuna
October 23rd 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

sounds good. estamos hablando.

MrSirLordGentleman
October 23rd 2014


12815 Comments


wn la wea asjdlaskñfaslajfslkfa wn qlo la wea fome wn wn la wea


Bacán seguir viendo bandas chilenas aqui, yo agregué a Los Jaivas, Congreso, Los Blops, Violeta Parra y Los
Prisioneros pero faltaba alguien que agregara bandas actuales

PiedradeLuna
October 23rd 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Exacto. He intentado a reseñar los grupos modernos que me ha gustado

Asdfp277
October 23rd 2014


21718 Comments


"The groups debut"
-typo: "group's"*

"That sense one gets after realizing the futileness, or rather, the foolishness of their rebellious youth which then in turn leads them towards a path of accepting their personal choices rather than settling on them."
-maybe it's the heat but i found this sentence to be really confusing. also, "led"*?

"Briceño's ingenious and often ironically hilarious lyrics."
-i'll take it you meant his lyrics are both ironically and hilarious

"The progress into 'adulthood', the band has undertaken"
-unnecessary comma

"on the aforementioned track as well as in, 'Plácidamente'"
-missplaced comma

[i]"of the more romantically driven tracks like, 'Simetria'."

-unnecessary comma

"Of which is one of the better songs on the album."
-you could put this after a comma, or in parenthesis. also, that "of" is unnecessary

"Other songs on the album forgo the charged sentiments for more cheerful, uplifting vibes like "Tora Bora" and "Nada", the latter at time the latter of which resembles at times the sounds of the stars of old like José José who have had plenty of success in their home country of Mexico and in Latin America in general."
-i tried changing it but it seems like i fucked up lol

"The melodies are poppy and infectious and their highest and the poignant,"
-"the melodies are poppy [...] at their highest"? :v

"can be equally enjoyed together with friends or solitarily."
-"in solitude" sound better imo :v



PiedradeLuna
October 24th 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Muchas gracias!



Those are all really good catches. I will fix most of them. The only one I have a problem with is that sentence you said was confusing... to be honest I thought it was kind of confusing as well haha don't know how to fix it but will give it my best shot.



Again thanks for the constructive criticism!

Asdfp277
October 24th 2014


21718 Comments


yay i was useful for once

and i still haven't heard a single song from this, gotta' change that

MrSirLordGentleman
October 24th 2014


12815 Comments


asdf this looks exactly like your coments on my Alturas review D:

Asdfp277
October 24th 2014


21718 Comments


i always make the same complaints lol

PiedradeLuna
October 24th 2014


233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol. No but the complaints were super useful. I think it reads better now but yeah check out some of the songs, it's been one of my favorite releases this year.



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