Buenos Aires-born singer/guitarist Federico Aubele is fresh off the release of his third album, Amatoria (ESL Music). And it’s all about love — it takes its name from Ovid’s Ars Amatoria (The Art of Love). 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 the album, harkening back to Aubele’s childhood in Buenos Aires.
DePedro – a name chosen because it sounded «kind of Mediterranean, kind of Spanish» – is the musical project of singer and guitarist Jairo Zavala. His first solo album, DePedro (National Geographic Music), is the culmination of years of writing and playing songs for others, including Amparanoia, Vacazul, Los Coronas and Calexico. The album is, however, his most personal work, with songs written from his own experiences, his own thoughts and feelings, the music he’s looked to – from Afrobeat to flamenco to prog to pop. The inspirations are simple, the everyday things we all experience that unite and define us as human: regret, memory, love, fear, loss, and happiness.