Francisco Coloane is the writer who put Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego on the world literary and cultural map, being often compared to the American storyteller Jack London. For the duo, formed since 1995 in the city of Punta Arenas (Chilean Patagonia) by Héctor Aguilar and Rafael Cheuquelaf, the writer born in Quemchi (Chiloé) in 1910 is one of their fundamental influences.
“We met exchanging books and records. And one of the authors that we had both read was Francisco Coloane. His direct and at the same time evocative prose always caught our attention, which showed his direct experience as a worker in the most isolated areas of Magallanes. In our first interviews we said that we were a mix between Kraftwerk and Francisco Coloane. And this album demonstrates the veracity of that self-definition, because we use the sound emanating from technology not to seek to integrate ourselves into the metropolis or to virtuality, but to explore the natural and human frontier that we inhabit ”, the musicians emphasize.
It has been this influence that has led Acid Rain to explore the landscapes and themes of its region and beyond through electronic music, being the only band in the world that has performed two recitals in Antarctica.
The topics included in this new work, titled in the same way as the stories that motivated them, are “Cabo de Hornos”, “Dogs, horses, men”, “The white guanaco”, “Gulf of sorrows”, “The iceberg of Kanasaka “,” Four sailors and a green coffin “,” The way of the whale “and” The conquerors of Antarctica “.
Its sound is markedly electronic, with the use of analog synthesizers and digital samplers, but also with the use of instruments such as acoustic guitar and electric bass. The use of field recordings, such as the registry of seabirds and a wind storm, also stands out.
The duo has 33 publications to their credit, including studio albums, remixes and soundtracks. However, “Archipiélago Coloane” will be his first production that includes a vinyl version (limited edition of 150 copies). After a considerable delay in its manufacture due to the social outbreak and the pandemic, the record was finally manufactured at Zenith Records (Australia) and finally transported to Chile by ship.
The printing and packaging were carried out by the company “Selk ‘nam” (ex “Libre Records”). Its packaging features illustrations by the artist Iñaki Muñoz and graphic design by Mika Martini, also including a foreword by the writer Oscar Barrientos and the translation of the texts by the academic Ryan Bodiford. The mastering for vinyl was done by the Spanish producer Doc Diamond, while the one used for the CD edition was done by the prominent Chilean electronic musician Daniel Nieto. In this way, the duo joins the small group of Magellanic groups that have published in vinyl format, such as Taller Alturas, Patagonia 4 and Los Trianeros.
For Héctor Aguilar and Rafael Cheuquelaf, having been able to carry out this long-awaited project has a special meaning.
“Like many people, we have had a very difficult year, with complex situations and personal losses. But while those things were happening, in the background was the hope of being able to edit this album the way we always wanted. In times of Pandemic and Climate Emergency, Francisco Coloane’s work reminds us of the smallness of man in front of Nature and we believe that this album is a good way to reread it in a way that is consistent with these times ”, reflected the musicians.