Bajofondo Talks Rioplatense Sound, New Album Presente, and TransAtlantic Festival 2013


The Río de la Plata (or River Plate) is a 140 mile-wide estuary that separates Argentina and Uruguay. It's also the place of confluence for the diverse folk music styles Latin Grammy Award-winning Argentinian-Uruguayan collective Bajofondo began blending into their idiosyncratic Rioplantense electronic world fusion in the early 2000s.

"What we call the Rioplatense sound is a combination or mix of the music that belongs to Buenos Aires and Montevideo -- it has to do with what we are as musicians, our background: the influence of tango, milonga, candombe, folklore, etc.," Bajofondo's Adrian Sosa tells Crossfade. "The addition of other styles and sounds that have to do a lot with music like rock, hip-hop, electronics, all that combined creates the sound of Bajofondo -- the sound of Rioplateneses today."

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Presente, Bajofondo's third studio album, just released last month, marks a definite evolution for the band, coinciding with its tenth anniversary. But really, this evolution can be traced at least as far back as 2008, when the group shortened its original Bajofondo Tango Club moniker in order to escape being pigeonholed as "downtempo electronica" following its 2002 self-titled debut album. Seeking to expand the outfit's sonic horizons and the possibilities of live performance, the crew has certainly grown by leaps and bounds with the new album.

"We feel that Presente is one step closer to defining what we really are as a band," says Sosa. "One of the things we achieved in this album was that the energy and power from the live concerts was captured in the recordings, and the album sounds more live than any other Bajofondo album.

"Having said that, we all know that to be able to make this record happen we needed to have ten years on our back," he adds. "It wouldn't be possible to create this album without all those years of playing together."

And the playing-together aspect is definitely what marks the new album as a departure point for Bajofondo's evolution from a group of studio producers to bona fide performing band.

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