Angel Mosqueda Y jesus baez take their love for electronic music to another level, with the debut album of Indoor Astronomy.
Mosqueda, the bassist for the Mexican rock band Zoé, and Báez, the keyboardist for the Grammy and Latin Grammy Award-winning group, had been dazzled by electronic music since the 1990s.
“When I heard Primal Scream, or Chemical Brothers, or Daft Punk, or Prodigy, something changed, I said, what is this? What device do you use to create these sounds?” Báez recalled.
Mosqueda also singled out Portishead with his Dummy as another of his early electronic loves.
“I couldn’t believe it… It was crazy and along with that album, which was really strong, there was Morcheeba… At that time, between 1995 and around 2000, there was a lot of information about that music that reached us”, accurate.
Parallel to their work with Zoé, the musicians had made songs together since they were teenagers, but had not had the opportunity to materialize them in a project. The pandemic and a break for the band allowed them to concentrate on achieving the album in which they create contemplative atmospheres and also pieces that ignite the temptation to dance, complemented by introspective lyrics by Bernardo Román Palau.
“We knew that in 2023 or close to these dates that we are already experiencing, there was going to be a ‘break’ (recess) for Zoé, planned, agreed upon… In the pandemic we got to work to crystallize all those years that we had to live together and do music together,” Mosqueda said.
They both sing at different times on the album.
The name Inner Astronomy came about because they wanted to have the A and I for Artificial Intelligence, but also something more spiritual. It was one of the most difficult things for them to find for the project.
“Today you search the internet for a name and it is already registered. There was a very long list of options”, acknowledged the keyboard player.
“Interior Astronomy’s decision was when we had the acronym AI,” added Mosqueda. “The project turned out very well, we feel very comfortable with the name and now everything makes sense,” she added.
Román Palau, who is a writer, painter and graphic artist, has also been a friend of Mosqueda and Báez since they were teenagers. Taking advantage of his artistic skills, he was commissioned for the album cover, which features an angel repeated twice, once in reddish tones and the other in teal, which he found in a cemetery in Oakland, California, where he resides.
Prior to the album, they published the songs California, A special day, Shooting star, Animal and A rare world.
Among the pieces that premiere with the release, the one that promises to attract the attention of listeners is Trasluz.
“One of the (songs) that cost me the most work is ‘Trasluz’, for some reason like I didn’t connect very well with the original demo… The verse is like very dark and suddenly it shines a lot, like it evolved from there. the idea”, explained Román Palau.
The songs in Astronomía Interior begin with the musical bases created by Báez and Mosqueda, from there Román Palau works with the ideas that the music evokes in him. The three of them enjoy completing the pieces as if they were riddles that they have to decipher.
“I feel that the songs should have spaces so that people can get in and interpret their own things, in art it is like that,” said Román Palau.
Movimiento is one of the most danceable pieces on the record and was also one of the fastest to perform.
“It came out more natural because we already had the identity of the band resolved, the lyrics, everything was already there,” admitted Román Palau.
“The idea in this project is to continue with the visual wave, to achieve other videos,” said Mosqueda. “That moment urges us for it to come out and be in the ears of the people,” she added.