Brooklyn-by-way-of-Miami musician Alex Suarez has been making waves as part of New York City's underground electronic music scene for a few years now under his moniker of Cienfuegos. There's a grim tonality to his music, a kind of post-industrial barrage that sinks into the bones and coats the muscles in a sheen of viscous melodicism. He's seen his work shared by BANK Records, Ascetic House, Primitive Languages and Unknown Precept -- and he's previously appeared on a L.I.E.S. Record 12" compilation called "No Payments Rejected."
Suarez is currently getting ready to release his debut record, "Autogolpe," on April 25 via L.I.E.S. Records. Named for a term used to describe a military coup initiated by a dictator to take control of an existing government, the album is his way of working through the feelings of anguish, heartache, repression and freedom that would accompany such a violent and subversive act.
On his latest single, "The Seventh Sister," he combines industrial rhythms with glitchy passages of subtle static, mechanical beats and partially submerged melodies. The resulting mass of sounds is as intriguing as it is emotionally draining. Coming across like a mixture of Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin and Autechre, the song unravels before your eyes and ears, cocooning you in a desolate blanket of mystery and foreboding. There's something quite addictive about it as well, calling you back time and time again to lounge in its turbulent electronic length. Warped voices mingle and disappear, creating a variable landscape of dense musical musculature and distorted appearances.