Glasgow-based El Hombre Trajeado are back. They are Stevie Jones, Stef Sinclair, Ben Jones and RM Hubbert. Their fourth album Fast Diagonal, will be released by Chemikal Underground on December 2nd. And they’re playing The Tunnels on December 4th.
Merry Christmas everyone!
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El Hombre Trajeado first met at Angel Lights Skatepark on the outskirts of Glasgow. After various members’ previous groups (Me, Hubby & Tom, Glue, The Fortune Cookies) disbanded, El Hombre emerged with a mutual love of the SST sound that defined many skate videos of the time. From word go, there was an emphasis on collective composition, lead instruments eschewed in favor of a group sound, and downplayed vocals.
The band contributed to many scenes. London label Guided Missile released their first album (1998’s Skipafone) and early shows saw El Hombre play with label mates such as Lung Leg, Yummy Fur, Karelia (always The Blisters to Hombre), and Gilded Lil. They played around Glasgow’s vibrant art scene (with Life Without Buildings, Hasslehound and Park Attack) and with groups like Ganger and Eska who were similarly characterized by adventurous structures, detailed arrangements, and technical quirks. El Hombre worked with Shadazz recordings, most notably collaborating with Steve Sutcliffe on the film Shout Out, and played memorable shows at the hedonistic, era-defining Optimo nightclub, set up by J’ilkes & Twitch. Indeed, Twitch’s previous Edinburgh club, Pure, proved an important formative musical experience for members of the band.
The debut album Alien Lullabies from Aberdeenshire based electronic producer and vocalist Fiona Soe Paing introduces you to her intriguing world of unsettling soundscapes and unearthly, off-kilter vocals.
Drawing on her Scottish background and Burmese heritage, the tracks in Burmese, English and abstract, experimental vocals create a hypnotic and intense sound, mutating from warped electronic lullabies to brooding murder ballads and tracks for a dystopian disco.
The Alien Lullabies album forms the soundtrack to the immersive audio-visual performance of the same name, where the music's other-worldly atmosphere is intensified in the accompanying 3D animations by collaborator Zennor Alexander. Dark and surreal, the combination of the electronica soundtrack, animated film and live vocals create a mesmerising live gig + cinema hybrid, which was
rated with Four Stars from the Scotsman in its performances in Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015.
With a background in performance art, Fiona started collaborating with dance music producers as a vocalist while living in Brighton. Her first self-produced track was sung in Burmese, with random lyrics from a phrasebook bought on a trip to visit family in Burma. The track was released on Warner Music after being found on Myspace by the BBC musioologist, the late Charlie Gillett, who included the song on one of his "Sound of The World" compilations, alongside tracks from international artists including Gotan Project and Devendra Banhart.
While living in Brighton, Fiona teamed up with animation artist Zennor Alexander to create visuals for her music, and the Alien Lullabies performances are a result of this collaboration, over a ten year period between Brighton UK, Waiheke Island New Zealand and Aberdeenshire Scotland.
The audio-visual collaboration developed while Fiona was living on the idyllic pacific island of Waiheke, near Auckland New Zealand, in an isolated bush retreat accessible only on foot or by boat. During this time Fiona worked at the remote, off-grid Eco Village Awaawaroa, founded by crewmembers of the original Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior.
The debut performance of Fiona's music and live vocals alongside Zennor's projected animation took place at Waiheke Island cinema in 2008. Following a performance at Auckland Fringe Festival in 2009, a documentary feature on Fiona's work was filmed and screened by New Zealand's national TV station, TV one, and music videos were screened on The Arts Channel on Sky TV New Zealand.
After returning to Scotland, Fiona released the "Tower of Babel" EP, which was rated with Four Stars in The Skinny magazine. In 2014, music and animations were awarded an "Outstanding" rating in the Noise Festival online showcase, curated by Brian Eno, and gained a tweet of approval from Vince Clarke of Depeche Mode: “Very, very cool!” In 2015, Fiona worked with Brit Award winner and Mercury Prize nominee Beth Orton, on the Brighter Sounds Manchester Creative Directors series. In August 2015, Fiona performed "Alien Lullabies" in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as part of Creative Scotland's curated showcase, the "Made In Scotland" programme.
The album was supported with a crowd funding campaign on Pledge Music, and part funded by Creative Scotland, and is dedicated to her late father Maung Soe Paing.