Review: Emmanuel Horvilleur â Amor en Polvo (2010)
Emmanuel Horvilleur is an Argentine singer-songwriter who rose to fame as one half of the hip-hop duo Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas. After the group disbanded in 2001, he embarked on a solo career that explored different genres and styles, from rock to pop to electro. His fourth solo album, Amor en Polvo (Love in Dust), was released in 2010 and showcases his eclectic and experimental approach to music.
The album consists of 13 tracks that range from catchy and upbeat tunes like Michael and Destino Caprichoso, to more introspective and melancholic songs like El Quemado del Amor and Llamarada. Horvilleur blends elements of funk, soul, disco, rap, and indie pop, creating a diverse and dynamic sound that never gets boring. He also collaborates with other artists, such as Natalia Lafourcade on Dibujo Animado, a sweet and playful duet, and Dante Spinetta on Amor Loco, a funky and groovy track that recalls their Illya Kuryaki days.
The album's title track, Amor en Polvo, is a highlight of the record. It is a sensual and seductive song that describes a passionate encounter in a dark alley. Horvilleur sings with a raspy and sultry voice over a smooth and hypnotic beat, creating a contrast between the dirtiness of the setting and the beauty of the moment. The song also features a saxophone solo that adds to the mood and intensity of the song.
Amor en Polvo is an album that showcases Horvilleur's talent and versatility as a musician. He manages to create an original and cohesive work that reflects his influences and personality. It is an album that invites the listener to explore different emotions and sensations through music, from joy to sadness, from love to lust. It is an album that proves that Horvilleur is one of the most creative and innovative artists in the Argentine music scene.
The album also contains some songs that reflect Horvilleur's social and political views. For example, El Lento is a song that criticizes the consumerist and superficial culture that dominates the modern society. Horvilleur sings with irony and sarcasm about the obsession with money, fame, and appearance, and how it affects the relationships and values of people. He also mocks the media and the entertainment industry that promote and exploit this culture. The song has a catchy and ironic chorus that says: \"El lento es el nuevo rÃpido\" (The slow is the new fast).
Another song that deals with social issues is JapÃn (Japan), a song that Horvilleur wrote after visiting the country in 2009. He was impressed by the contrast between the ancient and the modern aspects of the Japanese culture, and how they coexist in harmony. He also noticed the environmental problems that affect the country, such as pollution and overpopulation. He decided to write a song that expresses his admiration and concern for Japan, and also his hope for a better future. The song has a minimalist and atmospheric sound that evokes the Japanese aesthetic.
Amor en Polvo is an album that demonstrates Horvilleur's artistic maturity and growth. He experiments with different sounds and genres, but also maintains his identity and essence. He explores different themes and emotions, but also expresses his opinions and beliefs. He creates an album that is both personal and universal, both intimate and social. He creates an album that is a reflection of himself and his vision of the world. a474f39169