'Cuando los Acéfalos Predominan': Rawayana's New Album
The Venezuelan band releases their fourth studio album alongside an art exhibition in Mexico City.
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Five years after the release of their last album, the Latin Grammy-nominated Venezuelan artistic collective Rawayana returns with Cuando Los Acéfalos Predominan.
The album presents a more mature theme and is rhythmically distinguished by the characteristic trippy Caribbean sound for which they became known. The lyrics, which are in line with the particular historical moment that humanity is living, particularly in Latin America, come with an art exhibition in Mexico City that will take place in the month of June.
"The exhibition is the most tangible expansion of the conceptual and graphic proposal of the album. It is the artistic representation made an immersive experience of the noise and paradoxes of life in Latin America, where virtue is not absent but is overshadowed by disorder. Aldolfo Bueno and Alfredo Correia are in charge of bringing this fun space to life by developing the visual treatment proposed by Joaquín Salim in the album's art," explained Rawayana about the album's exhibition.
In their fourth album, Rawayana is even more ambitious, mature, aware of the environment that surrounds them and open to collaboration with other Latin American music figures, including Fer Casillas, Los Amigos Invisibles, Akapellah, Cheo Pardo, Tal Cohen and Joel Martínez.
The opening of the album gives glimpses of nostalgia through the harmony and hope through the lyrics. What begins with a base of synthesizers and acoustic guitars ends up becoming a reggae anthem of hope and longing for a more peaceful life.
"Governments, corporations, heroes, anti-heroes, political ideals, philosophies, religions and cultural concepts are constantly being questioned thanks to this strange moment where we don't know what information is false or true," Rawayana states in the manifesto that accompanies the album's release.
Cuando los Acéfalos Predominan is not only a collection of 15 songs, but a conscious and premeditated effort on the part of Rawayana to portray the world around them, at a time when uncertainty, distrust and unease seem to be the true result of technological advances that promised a democratization of information.