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Hugo Jasa

Estados de Animo (LP)

Label: Little Butterfly Records, Vampi Soul

Format: LP

Genre: Experimental

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Vampisoul present a first-time reissue of Hugo Jasa's Estados De Ánimo, originally released in 1990. After over a decade of dictatorship, a process of democratic openness began in Uruguay in the early '80s. It was a time of social and cultural effervescence, Uruguayan music lived a particularly brilliant moment, marked by the emergence of a generation of artists who open-mindedly mixed the new global sounds that started to resonate across the country with their local and regional musical roots. Hugo Jasa was at the center of this new music scene. Some of the most interesting Uruguayan records released in the '80s were recorded in La Batuta studio, co-owned by Henry Jasa, Hugo's father. In the brief intervals the studio was available, Jasa started to experiment with musical ideas that he imagined for a dance piece. He also sought to merge the glamor of the '80s with Uruguayan Afro-candombe sound in his songs.

A deep bench of national talent, as Eduardo Mateo (with whom Jasa went on the make the wonderful album La Mosca), Hugo Fattoruso, Jorge Galemire, or Mariana Ingold, took part in these sessions. Drum machines and Yamaha DX7 and Roland D50 synthesizers command the timbre of the album that was released at the end of 1990. The same year that the dance piece with choreography by Graciela Martínez was premiered by a group of dancers from the National Ballet. The album was released on vinyl with a single pressing of 300 copies. There were two dance performances and then the show was never put on again. Estados De Ánimo was the only album released under his name.

The conjunction of machines and acoustic instruments, the harmonic sophistication, mix of candombe, electronic music, jazz and tango, its international sound with strong Uruguayan roots, made Estados De Ánimo a milestone for much of the music that followed in its wake. 31 years after it was first put out, Estados De Ánimo still sounds fresh and surprising, as creative and glowing as the time where it was conceived. OBI; includes insert with liner notes by Uruguayan music writer Andrés Torrón. A new title in the series of full-album reissues that Vampisoul (co-produced in collaboration with Little Butterfly Records) is releasing as a valuable addition to our largely acclaimed compilation América Invertida, focusing on the obscure leftfield pop and experimental folk scene from '80s Uruguay, making some of these elusive and essential albums available again.

Cat. number: VAMPI 226
Year: 2021
2021 reissue released by Little Butterfly Records / Vampi Soul.

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