Corridos Urbanos - Nortec Collective presents Clorofila

Music marketers could make a case study of Nortec Collective. To better understand the band, it’s necessary to come to terms with the clumsy vernacular of nu –music where there are bands (tight, singular units with various integral members), sound systems (combinations of musicians and DJs, intermixing sampled beats and live elements) and collectives (a loose association of musicians who group in varying combinations and permutations depending on the project). Nortec Collective is a far more literal example of the collective that typifies a new artistic movement in Mexico, where musicians, visual artists, spoken word performers, DJs and others work in support of one another’s projects to realize their art. Then again, the four members are a bona fide band with a singular vision; combining Norteno (music of the ‘north’ from Mexico) with electronica. But, since their two initial releases as a collective, they have broken out their contributors in duos ( Nortec Collective presents Bostich & Fussible: Tijuana Sound Machine) and now, Corridos Urbanos – a collection of songs by Clorofila. Are you still with me? The method makes for ginormous album titles but incredibly imaginative and fresh material. Clorofila (Jorge Verdin) provides both musical and graphic design to Nortec. On this album, he says, “I wanted to bring in other instruments I had never used before.” The product atmospheres are unique and stunning. Built on Norteno elements of accordions, trumpets and tubas (utilizing local TJ players), Clorofila’s compositions surprise with the likes of massive violin and viola sections and old skool border radio nostalgia. Assistance from friends, Australian singer Supina Bytol on the album’s first single, ”BabyRock” Rock and David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets on the closer, Babai complete a complex but engaging vision, the only thing you can count as predictable from this future-form collective