Vago Sagrado: Vol. II [Album Review]

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“Not only Stoner Rock and sounds full of Fuzz lives the human being.”

Vago Sagrado is composed of three Chlilean guys from the city of Santiago who has played together since 2013. The trio formed by Alberto Parra [Guitar/Vox], Karlos Gonzalez Lihn, [Bass/vox] and Nick Vayolence [Drums] does an Experimental / Post-Punk, with elements of Shoegaze and Psicodelico. Most of his songs are sung in Spanish which is fantastic. The truth is that despite echoes and delays that give a spatial face in their first work, I feel that their work brings us an “empty atmosphere in the big city”.

Two years after their formation, they released in 2015 the Vol.01 with calmer tones. It didn’t take that long and a year later the EP Alea Iacta Est was released, which would be a preview of what was to come this year. The 3 songs released in his ep make up the new album.

Vol.02 was released last month, on CD by Ceguera Records and in Mono via Etcs Records. Both Vol.1 and Vol.2 have the cover album designed by Valeria Rojas.

The initial words on the cover, “Negans enim quod est Mortuus” means “Denying this dead Existence” and is written with the album art that calls the attention because reminds something classical.

Their work continues to be filled with soft vocals, maybe the difference is that they brought a junkie vibe that resembles the Sonic Youth, which I was coincidentally listening to it these days, maybe that’s why I make that connection.

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The album itself has more accelerated passages, as in Ciudad Fantasma, Normandie and On your Knees. Synchronicity Highway is one of my favorites disc tracks, in a shoegaze mood plus the drum groove present in the music, but what strikes is the way with that it develops, with heavy effects and a dense climate with the vocal like a narrative. There are 8 tracks with many effects, alternating between a soft and dense climate for a more intense riff, as is the case of Alea Lacta Est.

And this year is a very special year for the band, since they had besides the release of Vol.02, had the released of Vol.01 in the vinyl format through Adansonia Records.

The fans of Experimental Rock and Shoegaze can enjoy the album a lot, in fact, Vago Sagrado can be said as one of the best releases within this genre this year so far.

Some for the band itself:

We are three metropolitan hobos. We’ve been wandering together since 2013. Completely aware of our misfortunes, we need very little to be happy.
We make music out of vice and melomania, XXI century diseases, but most of all we make music for the ritual, high up, knowing that we are going to play
“something”. That “something” is what you can hear here, born out of delirium and tides, and the intuition that “under every ocean, there’s a rectangular tapestry …”.

 

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