The drugged, hypnotic haze of rhythm and space in Latinamerican Mall is an invitation to dive into Santiago’s rarefied atmosphere, as the capital of Chile and the main entry into a world of contradictions. An image of evil across Latin America, this is the place where everything is for sale and goes to the highest bidder, where bargain deals translate into time stolen from thousands of people every day, as they wander aimlessly about on a futile search for the best deal.
The eclectic pastiche that the cities of the so-called third world have become; this artificial, daily life generated by an unhealthy preference for competition; yet another of the customs inspired by malign models imported from the deepest dwellings of the factual powers, chosen by none yet contaminating everything.
The motifs drag themselves along steady beats in a construction that is designed to withstand the weight of a miserable reality vilifying every single day in a city that is submerged in a toxic cloud.
Smoke from machines in rusty, hellish industries, haplessly collapsed traffic in aimless haste of thousands; tales of people surrounded by people that all live in perfect solitude. Nobody looks anyone in the eyes, no-one is anyone’s equal, no proposition exists – only ghostly shadows that wander about in their own selfishness. This is the dance macabre that is portrayed here, as a chronicle in noise to ensure that nothing is forgotten.
Unending segments are registered as if they have no apparent beginning, like a loop that refers to a constant and routinely claustrophobia. Whispering voices, words repeating, sudden noises, broken and repetitive rhythms, suggestive melodies, metallic clangings, rarefied environments; a liquid and dense fog – sonic hypnosis, southern mantra – that ultimately becomes a snapshot of a common feeling: the transparent density of everyday sounds.
released June 3, 2016
Compositions and production: Miguel Conejeros
Instrumentation: Digital and analog
Recording: Estudios Shelternoise, Santiago, Chile, 2016
Mastering: Lars Graugaard
Cover artwork: 'Libertad de Expresión' by Sebastian Leyton (2011) - www.sebastianleyton.cl
Cover design: Yvonne Trigueros - www.yvonneblanco.com
Miguel Conejeros aka. Fiat600 is a musician in constant evolution. Since the eighties when he formed part of the legendary Chilean art-punk band The Pinochet Boys, Miguel as a solo artist has developed a unique style of powerful and uncanny grooves. After a transitory period in the nineties of skewed jungle and drum’n’bass, he has gradually reached a status in his home country as a sort of national icon, always giving his audience the unexpected and leaving a bittersweet aftertaste that demands…: more.
Today, as Fiat600 – or just plain F600 – Miguel presents his live sets at clubs worldwide and appears at festivals and similar events in the contemporary art field, in the latter presenting his original sound installations as well.