La Gran Perdida de Energia (which translates as "the great loss of energy") is a four-piece experimental/post-rock band from Argentina. Their story starts in the Patagonian village of Villa La Angostura, Neuquén, when four guys (Hernán Aguilar, Salvador Barcellandi, José Delgado, and Lisandro Marquez) decided to make the type of music that didn't exist in their small village. It’s the type of music that almost has you feeling the fluctuating weather and envisioning the majestic landscapes when you listen to it.
Rather than focusing on storytelling through lyrics, the primarily-instrumental band uses musical composition to take you on a trip. Most of the time, you don’t know when or where this is going to end. Sometimes soft melodic climates are favored, and other times everything crashes with powerful drums and bass.
La Gran Perdida de Energia’s music is made with just four instruments; two guitars, one bass, and drums. It's normal to hear changes in phrases, and sometimes the trip ends at an unexpected moment. Inspired by the climate of their hometown, their music evokes pastoral imagery of snow, lakes, rain and woods.
Most of their self-titled debut record, released in 2012 on the independent label Fluttery Records, is instrumental. However, there are also little “mantras” in the second half of it, repeating little words to have you discover their own meanings. In those moments, vocals come in like another instrument. The record starts with a little introduction in the form of opening track “El Mes del Viento” (which translates roughly as “Wind Month”), and continues with “Balsa” (which is Spanish for “raft”). “Do!” is where the music gets cozier, with rhythmic guitar plucking.
Then with “Bajo el Manzano” (“Under the Apple Tree”), the music takes a long road that arrives at the ocean and stays there with “De los que Viven Bajo el Agua” (“Of Those Who Live Underwater”). “Asia” powerfully shows off the band’s knack for structure changes, while “Diente de León” (“Dandelion”) includes mantras. In the end, La Gran Perdida de Energia’s goal is achieved; they’ve produced music that doesn’t exist in their town, and music which also transcends global boundaries.