This word “indefinable,” paradoxically, defines Como Asesinar a Felipes (CAF). Non-conforming, undeniably talented and always pushing the musical envelope, the band’s forthcoming album ELIPSE will be released in North America on October 6, 2017 through San Francisco’s Koolarrow label. Started by three college students who met in music school, CAF has emerged as one of the most sought after and highly influential acts in Chile. Think Radiohead meets Ornette Coleman meets De La Soul.
CAF’s original goal was “to mix the jazz of the 60s, the rock of the 70s and the rap from the 90s” together and see what transpired, which is exactly what they did on their self-titled first album. Arrangements with orchestra then brought the cinematic UN DISPARO AL CENTRO (2009). With their signature sound taking hold, the band’s third release, COLORES y CADAVERS (2011), found the now quintet working with guest artists and as they continued to refine their groove. In 2012, CAF released the groundbreaking COMENZARA DE NUEVO, cementing their place in South American history and giving them the opportunity to bring their musical fusion to America. Categorically, hip-hop CAF continues to push the needle, adding flirtations with synths and dark psychedelia to the new releases, and the new album ELIPSE is no exception.
ELIPSE coincides with two major events – CAF’s tenth anniversary and the departure of their longtime keyboardist. With his exit came the addition of renowned South American saxophonist Cristián Gallardo, a much in-demand jazz musician. CAF is comprised of Koala Contreras, SebaBala, Metraca, DJ Sp@cio, and Gallardo. “While it is a CAF album, we were heavily influenced by the addition of Cristián. We are always researching, progressing, and Cristián came with a musical contribution that worked perfectly.” The addition of the saxophone creates an almost palpable darkness and element of chaos into the project.
What also worked perfectly was the album title, ELIPSE, which translates in English to ellipse. Unconventionally, the six-track album is really a single piece of music divided up into six songs. “The album is one long song, recorded as a continuous piece with no overdubs. One part is inspired by Bach´s “Crab Canon,” an arrangement of two musical lines that are complementary, going forwards and backwards, similar to a palindrome. This represents the infinite, like the Möbius strip; there is something we like about this theme of continuation. It represents the circle of life, and like life itself, nothing is perfect– the circle is more of an elipse.”
ELIPSE is broken down into three parts:
-Interior (Part I & II): Birth, Energy, Nature.
-Medio: Learning, Recognizing, Discovery.
-Exterior (Part I, II III): Machinery, infinity, Desert
Recorded in Oakland California at Estudios Koolarrow, as was their previous album, ELIPSE was engineered and mixed by Bill Gould of Faith No More. When it came to creating the songs, there was a lot of jamming to get the right vibe before committing to recording it. This process makes for strong live shows. “When we perform, we are pure energy with a punk/rock attitude and a lot of improvisation.” Como Asesinar a Felipes has always remained true to this musical ethic while exploring new concepts to keep them moving forward.
“We have been very clear on what we’ve wanted and what we’ve wanted to achieve. Fortunately for us it has been well received and we were lucky to make fans from the very beginning. Making music, for us, is to create something we like; that’s the main thing. We create something that fills us and everything follows from there.”