Alla

Alla

 Wheeling, Illinois, USA
BandAlternativeAvant-garde

The sound of Allá encompasses the sounds of the Brazilian Tropicalia movement, Motown, German Krautrock experiments, the lush romantic harmonies of traditional Mexican trio music and the Wilson/Spector symphonic pop productions of the 60's.

Biography

Allá (Ayê-ya) - Es tiempo para la revolucion. The sound defining a revolution, Chicago's Allá, is the mark of a new revolution in psychedelic pop music. With the release of their debut album, Es Tiempo, Allá is poised to bring their sonic manifesto to the world.

Allá is the vision of producer Jorge Ledezma, his brother Angel Ledezma, and chanteuse Lupe Martinez. The core members of Allá began playing together in a former life known as the instrumental synth based ensemble, Defender. Through this musical kinship, silent languages were created and an in-the-pocket telepathy was perfected. This trio became increasingly interested in creating a sound that took inspiration from, and paid homage to their Mexican heritage, and through that Allá emerged.

The sound of Allá encompasses the sounds of the Brazilian Tropicalia movement, Motown, German Krautrock experiments, the lush romantic harmonies of traditional Mexican trio music and the Wilson/Spector symphonic pop productions of the 60's. Allá sounds everything and nothing like their forebears creating the perfect paradox.

Completely self-financed, Allá's debut Es Tiempo was written and produced over a four year period employing countless musicians and guests hailing from different parts of the globe. The multi-national effort that surrounds this album is due to the extensive traveling and soul searching producer Jorge Ledezma did throughout the writing and producing of the album. Es Tiempo was entirely produced by Jorge and engineered by Colin Studybaker (Iron and Wine, National Trust), using the studio like a musical instrument, the album was created in an unconventional method to create their unconventional sound. Recording took place in some of the hottest rooms all over the globe; Clava Studios, Engine Music Studios, Soma Electronic Studios, Key Club Recording Company, Spectra Mobile Studios and the famed Tambourine Studios in Sweden. Jorge spent a considerable amount of time in Sweden where some of the music was tracked and all the string and horn arrangements where laid down with the assistance of arranger Patrik Bartosch (Eggstone, The Cardigans).

The musical roster of Es Tiempo includes Jorge Ledezma on guitars, keyboards, vibes, loops, percussion and backing vocals. Angel Ledezma provides drums, percussion and found sounds. Lupe Martinez provides the lead vocal orchestrations and harmonies, second guitar and Fender Rhodes. A key component of the total Allá vision was to enlist the skills and contributions of many of the bands' musician friends. Es Tiempo features the guest appearances of no less than sixteen contributors, whose individual efforts all combine to the sonic pyramid of the album.

Lyrically, the Spanish language songs have a personal significance to the members, covering their experiences with the Mexican-American/Chicano experience, the Mexican immigrant experience, inner city social pressures, and the universal theme of love and spiritual and cultural awakening.

By taking cues and influences from all the best parts of their record collections, their passion for each other and their heritages, the members of Allá have clearly found a new direction in sound. Born out of necessity and struggle, Allá now bring to you their pronunciamento for the movement, Es Tiempo.

Discography

Debut full length "Es Tiempo" out now on Crammed Discs