“If you’re still looking to form group I have songs I want to play live. My influences include Blonde Redhead, Joy Division, The Smiths, The Cure, Popol Vuh, The Kinks, Sigur Ros, A Whisper in the Noise and Trail of Dead.” So read the message sent by Alberto Martinez in mid-2010. Red Light Abstract was formed and closed ranks in early 2011. From that time the group began working on original songs which synthesize the varied influences of its members.
Red Light Abstract’s current members are Alberto Martinez (guitar Synth and voice), lead guitar Daniel Rojas, Mauricio Torres on bass and Alejandro Flores on drums. Alberto Santiago Martinez was born and raised in Texas. He moved to Mexico City in 2008, and is a professor/librarian. Music has always been his vehicle for emotional catharsis. Making music was a personal experience that resulted in 10 years of solo music compositions and recordings. His interest in music has taken him to embrace various artists and genres.
Red Light Abstract with their self-titled album, have made a vivid and diverse Musical soundscape. Every track on the album is brilliant in its own right, but where the album really succeeds is as an album as a whole, where each track effortlessly merges in each other. The album is a dense and weighty piece of work going into different directions. ‘Lies’ starts with distorted guitars that quickly give the listener a solid idea that this album will contain a selection of accessible yet creative rock songs.
The Red Light Abstract album is dark and fragile in places (“Murderous Face”, “So Cold”), as well as powerful and assertive (“Living In Sin”, “Say Nothing”) in others. The most epic track is “So Cold” with its powerful three part structure. The album reaches its emotional peak on songs like “Falling Apart” and “Big Six”, and at its most radio-friendly on ‘Lies’ with a delicate chiming sound and weary vocals.
Red Light Abstract remains in the tail-pipes of their peers with a complex and dynamic piece of work. In short, grab this record if you are looking for something a bit different and are tired of the endless recycled pop music clogging up the music charts.
You will find it hard to hear anything as atmospheric, sophisticated, and musically rewarding as this alternative rock album. Every song on it is perfect. Alberto Santiago Martinez and the boys have created dimensions and soundscapes that few have touched before, and they do it on every track. From the catchy time signature of the opening track, to the lush guitars and beating snare drum of the closing track, the album simply blooms all the way through.
There are sounds on this record that will be embedded into your memory on the very first listen, while some songs will elude you until you are ready to receive them…if you listen carefully. Dark, brooding, and constantly full of surprises, Red Light Abstract present a tense record that pushes rock’s boundaries in all directions.
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