Robot Garden was born when a couple of musicians from Buenos Aires, Argentina grew tired of the local scene and decided to make music for the globalized age.
In 2013, songwriter and singer Andrés Aloi met up with producer Guillermo Porro to begin recording original material in the latter’s home studio. There was no plan—Aloi was just tired of semi-passionate band members and Porro wanted a break from semi-passionate productions. The result—an idiosyncratic blend of alternative rock with refreshing chord progressions and eccentric lyrical content—took both musicians by surprise. They could pick apart the synthpop, the reggae, the hard rock; but layered, in synch, it was surprisingly unique.
The studio came after and the momentum followed, and soon, the project was well on its way. Stemming from a yearn to break away from the chains of the local scene (the limited venues, the latin pop, the aversion to English), Aloi drew from his background as a filmmaker and writer and started crafting an image to go along with the music. Something appealing to present to the world, and distribute to everyone with a mobile device and wi-fi. Thus, Robot Garden, as a concept, was born—the old and the new, the past and the future; both in content and presentation. Fitting, if you consider this struggle for balance is well represented in the band’s lyrics and sound.
Porro’s deft, experienced touch serves as the unifying force behind Aloi’s anxious compositions. Though his roots lie in blues and rock, the latter can’t even cite an influence. “Today, its Bowie,” he says. “But ask me every three months and I will name you someone else.” As such, Porro’s imprint is essential, imbuing the songs with his perfected indie, lo-fi electronic audio—much like filtering raw expression through a calculating, well-oiled machine. What proves true in most productions proves truer here, as Porro’s vast experience (currently working on the next album by La Ley) helps identify and exploit Aloi’s songwriting talents.The result: compact, compressed and wildly inventive stratocaster-driven alternative rock; with regular forays into synthpop and reggae, and lyrics that go from the philosophical to the humorous. As a singer, Aloi is a blast from the past; a crooner, like Morrison, with vaster range.
The debut album, Robot Garden, is available on the internet right now. Both the music as well as the accompanying aesthetic have met with potent and growing enthusiasm. Musicians Mariano Cantarini, Ivan Schutt, and John Clover have now joined the project. The band is playing venues in Buenos Aires as the record makes the rounds across cyberspace. The LP would fit right in in a collection featuring The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys, and The Kooks.