Boston-based Venezuelan band Retrovyzor has just released a new EP, Somos Dos (“We Are Two,” in English), a compilation of songs that reinforces the ample sound leader Juan Manuel Fernández has been developing.
The singer and guitarist has been in Mexico for his first tour of the Aztec country, playing in various cities through August. Starting off in Monterrey, the tour visited Mexico City, Valle de Bravo and Toluca, and will wrap up in Queretaro on Thursday (Aug. 30).
As an allegory to this important visit, Retrovyzor delves into a personal version of the song “Quiero Ver” (“I Wanna See,” in English), written by the iconic band Café Tacvba. Fernández joined forces with the progressive rock band Ozean Skye and artists Lautz and Gabriel Merez to perform this new single.
“The first time I heard this song, I was captivated by the harmonic progression. It was obvious that there were jazz influences in the band, and I wanted to expand on that a little more in the arrangement,” Fernández explained about his motivation to cover the song.
“The main challenge was creating a walking bass line that would pair well with a simple pop drum groove, adding movement to the track and giving us the opportunity to add colors and tensions with vocals, synths and guitars. We recorded everything in a couple of nights in my bedroom in Boston.”
Following the rollout of the Somos Dos EP are two tracks — “NC V2” and “NVAT V2” — born in the same environment of late-night recording sessions. Both of these are new versions of previously released Retrovyzor singles, now adapted for the band’s current line up (guitar/drum duo), impregnated with inspiration and spontaneity that rises from jam sessions and the connection of live musicians, and dragged by the air of alternative rock as a common thread.
The songs were recorded and mixed by Fernández himself and mastered at Dbmix Studios in Venezuela.
Watch the video for “Quiero Ver” here: