Viento Sur: Experimental & Fusion Music from Argentina
Catalog: VAMPI 257LP
A retrospective from Melopea Discos. Following the success of Vampisoul's 2020 release América Invertida (VAMPI 205CD/LP), a fascinating survey of Uruguay's lesser-covered '80s endeavours in new wave pop, jazz-fusion, ambient folk and electronics, it's now time to cross to the other side of Rio de la Plata and let yourself go with the overwhelming musical output of Argentina's very own Melopea Discos. Born partly out of necessity and partly by a twist of fate, Melopea is a record label from Argentina created at the end of the '80s as a vehicle for the creative curiosity of its founder, Litto Nebbia, to document music not supported by the music industry.
The songs that form Viento Sur do not provide a comprehensive vision of the different styles of the label but rather an approach to its more experimental side. This compilation puts together a selection of songs that explore fusion with an air of mystery and a side of exquisite sensitivity across 11 carefully curated tracks. From the southernmost latitudes of the American continent, Viento Sur brings soft and warm atmospheres that intermingle with more earthly pulses; sounds that reflect the beauty and richness of Argentina, from the jungle to the pampas, the subtlety of the forest, and the effervescence of the Río de la Plata and its neighboring candombe.
Viento Sur has been compiled by Argentine DJs and collectors Bárbara Salazar and Alejandro Cohen (dublab) based in Buenos Aires and Los Angeles respectively. Features Guillermo Cazenave, Adalberto Cevasco, Litto Nebbia / Mirtha Defilpo, Comedia, César Franov, Los Músicos Del Centro, Daniel Homer, José "Sarten" Luis Asaresi, Mate de Luna, Alfombra Mágica, El Molino, and Quique Sinesi / César Franov. This release is presented with obi strip and a four-page insert including liner notes and photos. Most of the tracks are reissued here for the first time and many of them were previously unavailable on vinyl. Remastered sound.