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Aubele was born and raised in Buenos Aires. He moved to Berlin in 2001 during the height of Argentina’s economic and political crisis. Later moving to Barcelona before returning to Buenos Aires.
While in Berlin, Aubele signed with ESL Music (Thievery Corporation) and made his debut in 2003 with three double-sided 10″ vinyl EPs. His first full-length album, Gran Hotel Buenos Aires, hit in 2004 followed by Panamericana in 2007.
Aubele’s music blends a variety of styles: Jamaican dub/reggae, American ambient and hip-hop and Argentine tango. But the spirit of bolero, especially the rough-and-ready, heartfelt ballads of the 1940s, forms the backbone of his upcoming album Amatoria, harkening back to his childhood in Buenos Aires.
His upcoming album Amatoria (ESL Music; May 19, 2009) takes it’s name from Ovid’s Ars Amatoria (the Art of Love) — the Western world’s first guide to picking up women Roman-style. While some tracks focus on love’s bitter side («Otra Vez»), Amatoria is overwhelmingly sensual, drawing on the tradition of Spanish erotic poetry and evoking the taste of a first powerful kiss («El Sabor»), and very intimate.
«It’s such a vast and huge theme, love. You can approach it in different ways,» reflects Buenos Aires-born songwriter and guitarist Federico Aubele, whose new album Amatoria will be released by ESL Music (May 19, 2009). «Love is such an important thing for every human being, whether we notice it or not. We all experience it at least once in life. It’s one of the few things, along with dying, that is guaranteed to happen to you.»
Way back in 1 BC, the original Latin lover wrote the Western world’s first guide to picking up women Roman-style, Ars Amatoria, the Art of Love. Fast forward two millennia, when Aubele is swiping pages from Ovid’s playbook, by way of smoky tango bars and the sultry heyday of Mexican boleros in the 1940s, and falling hard into the acoustic yet lush Amatoria. In fine Pan-American style, the final impetus for the album came thanks to an all-love-song compilation of classic Johnny Cash.
One day, while talking with his wife and sitting at a wildly out-of-tune piano, Aubele accidentally bumped four keys with the cup of tea that was in his hand. «A nice melody came out, but since the piano was so out of tune, each key was not the right note,» Aubele smiles. «I saw that the tea bag had a message on it, which said ‘Let Good Things Come to You.’ I said, ‘That’s it!’ I went up and played the riff on my guitar and started developing the melody.» The result became «Luna y Sol,» a song that chronicles the union of male and female, the joining of two separate lives.
Aubele heard love in boldly eclectic yet elegantly spare arrangements. His new compositions hinted at reggae. They had a touch of old-school, down-and-dirty tango. They flowed from the melodic essence of the Beatles, who took Buenos Aires by storm, leaving their imprint, though with a distinctly Argentinean creative flavor.
But the spirit of bolero, especially the rough-and-ready, heartfelt ballads of the 1940s, formed the backbone of Amatoria, harkening back to Aubele’s childhood in Buenos Aires. Aubele’s mother was constantly playing records of tango, boleros, and bossa nova, including classic groups like Los Tres Ases. A musician at heart, she played guitar and would wake Au