LDT - Joe Villablanca
HR-15 / 12'' VINYL/ 2012
With “Farolito” (“Small Lamp”) and “Agua para el hambre” (“Water for Hunger”), Hueso Records presents us with a rare chapter in Joe Villablanca's discography. Started in Hamburg and finished in Santiago, Chile, these pieces extend for the whole length of each side of the record, in an interrupted flow of melodies, rhythms, musical landscapes, and states of mind. While in most of his albums Joe loves to sing his heart out, in “Farolito/ Agua para el hambre” he doesn't utter a word: it is music and only music, as if we were turning the dial on the radio, changing from station to station, from mood to mood (every three minutes or so), devoid of any messages in the tunes, with no lyrics, and no commercial breaks.
About Joe Villablanca
Joe Villablanca is one of the most peculiar (and most underground) musicians/artists in Chile. His music career started in Santiago in 1993, when he founded the experimental trio Maestro (in HR) together with college pals CTR (in HR) and the guy known as Nutria NN (also in HR). Around 1998 JV started to produce his solo musical projects where, like an alchemist, he managed to blend a wide spectrum of interests, characters, discourses, musical styles, and also many of the ideas he had developed as a visual artist. His influences range from Duchamp to Charly García to Violeta Parra, and his multiple skills have turned him into a sort of Renaissance man, a “Johannes fac totum“, a “Jack of all trades”: our Joe Villablanca.