Buenos Aires based “digital folklore” trio Tremor return to the forefront of modern South American music with a brand new album on Nickodemus’ Brooklyn based Wonderwheel Recordings. After playing some of the most important festivals and venues worldwide including Roskilde Festival in Denmark and an official WOMEX showcase, the new album entitled Proa continues Tremor’s use of South American folklore traditions and regional instruments to bridge unexpected genres such as Argentine chacarera and Glitch / digital cumbia and electronic. Digging deeper into their folkloric roots and adding a new element of vocals for the first time, Proa is Tremor evolved: the most organic, psychedelic and visceral release of the trio to date, a release where the lines between traditional and digital are blurred into something completely their own.
Lead by Leonardo Martinelli (composer and producer), the power trio features Camillo Carabajal (bombo leguero) and Gerardo Farez (synthesizers, melodica and bombo leguero). Recorded this year in various studios all over Buenos Aires, using a massive variety of traditional South American folkloric percussion and an arsenal of analog synthesizers from different eras, Proa was then digitally processed by Martinelli in a painstaking process. Proa is also special album for Tremor as it marks the first time the band has incorporated the human voice into its work, being Micaela Chauque’s soaring neo-Andean mystic vocals on “Huella,” in almost a pop manner on “Autobuzz,” or deeply deconstructed as in the closing track “Anfibios.” Proa also prominently features the Sachaguitarra, an exotic stringed instrument created by Argentinean musician Elipido Herrera in 1971 – Herrera created this one especially for Tremor and is the only one of its kind in the world. Pioneering the way for folklore of the future, it’s no surprise that the title Proa literally means “the place where the bow of the boat cuts through the water”.