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"Mr. Racoon – Blah New Weird Latin America"

El prolífico cantautor regiomontano Roberto Polo, alias Mr. Racoon, regresa con un nuevo video muy Not Safe for Work de su tema “Blah”. Si por algo se ha distinguido el cantante y músico de proyectos como Fuck Her, or The Terrorists Win, Club Comfort y quien también colaborara en bandas como En Ventura y 60 Tigres ha sido por una producción abundante y entusiasta, aunque quizás un poco irregular, lo cual de ninguna manera es reprobable. - @NWLATV


"Mr. Racoon - Lados B RedBull Panamérika"

Comencé a escuchar este EP de lados B del regio Roberto Polo, mejor conocido como Mr. Racoon, en el cono sur: entrado el otoño y sintiendo las primeras sudestadas. Y aunque mi Last.FM no deja de registrar escuchadas, no me salían las palabras para describirle. Fue hasta que bajé de un avión en tierras norteñas que vi esos temas saliendo en diagonal cruzando algún cerro, en olas de calor, contando historias pueblerinas, tal vez historias perdidas de un pueblo pre-revolucionario, o de Comala, con todos esos fantasmas, leyendas, polvo, busquedas, (escuche “Culpas en Extinción” o “Tiempos Liberales”). “Prieto”, el punto más alto del disco, nos revela que no estamos tan lejos de esos días y que México se muestra tan surreal y cruel como en esas viejas historias o leyendas, su final con slides nostálgicos, pasando a un Acapulquito-sound cincuentero, dan, tanto como en el resto del disco, un imaginario amplio del mexicano.
La carrera musical de Polo es más larga de lo que creerían y su participación en proyectos musicales ha sido basta y diversa. Algunos de sus proyectos fueron/son 60 Tigres, En Ventura, Club Comfort, Fuck Her Or The Terrorists Win, y cada uno revela a un cantautor sobrio y camaleónico que resume ese camino con Mr. Racoon, su proyecto en solitario, y ciertamente con este gran EP; “Chocolate” podría haber sido un tema de Los Gandharvas de En Ventura, con su aire folk-psicodélico y letras de Rivotril, mientras que “Sin Miedos” sonaría bien en cualquier EP de los siempre bailables Club Comfort.
Un EP de Lados B no viene nada mal, menos cuando resume una trayectoria remarcable y da un panorama amplio y cada vez creciente de uno de los más grandes letristas de mi generación.
“No se trata de playas, ni de tragarte carne, ni de comprar afuera, ni ser muy elegante. Sino de vivir pleno, brillando por adentro, responsable en la entrega, sintiéndote contento”. - Bleh Amable


"Mr. Racoon Alterablesperanza en Club Fonograma"

Even if our small community of online music lovers from Latin America has been hearing about Robert Polo for only a couple of years, the amount of material he has released under his different projects is far from negligible. A few years ago he was part of CF favorite En Ventura and their surprising melodic psych-pop album Los Gandharvas, while also taking part in projects like 60 Tigres with its danceable riffs and funky basslines, or the glitchy electropop of the aptly named duo Fuck Her or the Terrorists Win. His solo project, Mr. Racoon, gathered attention with its 2009 release Katy, yet another one released under Delhotel’s “music is free” premise, and a collection of emotionally charming songs that narrowed the gap between the intimacy of acoustic songwriting and the dreaminess of electropop swirling beats.

So after two years of releasing material for bands that would see him progressively moving away from the tenderness of Katy, his latest effort named Alterablesperanza, seems to be more about Polo wanting to expand his influences and diversify his song’s immediate references rather than attempting to develop an identifiable songwriting style. In initial tracks like “Felix U. Gómez," a song filled with Yeasayer-like ritualistic vocal melodies and tribal percussion, as well as “Acceso a la Playa Pública,” which excels greatly as your typical '90s alt-rock frenetic piece, for a moment you get under the impression that he’s one of those musicians capable of creating something great and unique out of such familiar grounds, and that he’s actually skillfull enough to embrace pop cues so effortlessly that he manages to blur the line between revisionist and self-defining songwriter.

Though that impression begins to slowly fade as the album progresses, and it feels more as if he’s wandering a bit aimlessly through his own amalgamation of disparate instrumentation, sounds, and references. He throws in some banjo balladry (“Blah!”), glitch pop experimentation (“Cancer de Pulmón”), a grinding dance-pop piece (“Nigromante”), and even an attempt at chamber-folk with lush orchestral arrangements (“Pino Suárez”). Most of it, though, with uneven success, not to mention the mild attempt at Piyama Party humor in “Te la mamaste” with its rhyme “Habiendo tantas viejas güey, y yo pensando que eras gay” (a line that is actually funny for about 5 seconds). It’s not that these genre exercises qualify as pastiche either, but you do get the feeling that this time Mr. Racoon tried to sound a little like everything that could fit in the spectrum of effortless post-millennial indie rock/pop. Like wanting to be a more accessible incarnation of both Sufjan Stevens, the sublime indie folk composer circa 2003 and Sufjan Stevens, the weirdo electronic adventurer of 2010, which is probably something not even Sufjan himself would succeed at very well. - Pierre Lestruhaut


"Katy, Mr. Racoon en Club Fonograma"

As usual, the first worthy releases of any new year are made by net labels whose free albums don’t have to suffer from competition or the economic outlet of last December. Recently, I’ve been paying attention to the releases by Delhotel Records thanks to one of my new favorite music blogs: Noche Pasta. Delhotel is another Mexican label offering free hostage for independent bands, it’s not as selective as The Poni Republic, but has offered some great stuff like En Ventura’s LP Los Gandharvas and Album’s Cancer Baby. It’s extremely early to call, but Mr. Racoon's Katy might just be the best record of this month, it brings out the very best of alternative pop, if that musical field exists at all. While listening to the album I had no idea Mr. Racoon was part of En Ventura, but it sure felt like it had been influenced by the band. Part of En Ventura is gone, with projects like 60 Tigres (awesome too) and Mr. Racoon; to an extent, this new project offers much of what En Ventura had to offer. Mr. Racoon opens with “Asi de simple” which is not plain at all; it’s a great introduction that opts for some noisy attachment to illustrate and lift up its journey. The next self-titled track “Katy” is hardly ignorable, its consoling charm works wonders on a track about an otherwise sad song about a guy leaving his girl behind with a bit more. The albums moves on fluently, in a revelatory phase that unfolds itself with much sympathy, “Pussygrama” is a surprise among great tracks, its multilayered loops hold up to a song of deep round movements. “Mision Desesperada” works with a great base and the sound edits evoke emotional depth and texture. I’m not a big fan of the distorted/robotic samplings featured on “Puerta Colosal” or the rhythm attempt on “Por que a todos nos gusta”, but they don’t hurt the album much as there is emotional tissue surrounding the entire project, while “Ferry 3” is one of the high points of one of the first high-quality albums of this year.

- Carlos Reyes


Discography


Find them in Itunes, Amazon and everywhere.
The albums are:

My left LP-2000
LOLO LP - 2003
For those who do not believe LP-2006
Katy LP-2008
Alterablesperanza LP-2010
LP-2012 B-sides

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MR RACOON -México-

Sounds Like a: Pop Alternative//Noise Pop// Latin Fulk//
We are from Monterrey & Toluca, Mexico.
And we work as an independent band from one year ago but the project begun 10 years ago.

Right now we are: Roberto Polo-Lyrics Guitar Vocals-(Monterrey), Angel Lujano-Bass-(Toluca) and Mariela Millán - Drums (Mexico City), and some invited musicians at playing the live set.

Mr Racoon's music always was something private, that wouldn't fit in other projects, such as: La Femme Latex, Comfort Club, En Ventura, Melmak, 60 Tigres, Fuck Her or the Terrorists Win. It was born as a project in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon Mexico, 10 years ago and only as a site project, but I always gave the music to my friends, and family, and since that moment, some people start to motivate me to build the project entirely. But until I publish with Delhotelrecords.com we started to share our music for free many years.
Mr Racoon recorded 6 albums and the songs were taking shape, and gradually were demanding a live performance.
Since the summer of 2011 Mr. Racoon appear as a live band, in Mexico City, we decided to gig a lot anywhere, with a low budget, but now we are trying to do this for a living and it's kind of impossible in Mexico but what looks realistic for us as a goal, is to leave a message to everybody about the real situation of violence in the North of Mexico and the nasty corruption inside the government which everybody knows about. We are trying to be direct in our lyrics talking about nasty issues and real topics such as: The violent sadism of the 57 people burned inside a Casino "Royal" in Monterrey Mexico august 25 in the year 2011. We are just trying to make the statement that it's not nasty what we are talking about, it's nasty what is happening right now and the solution and the responsibility to testify with our lyrics and music is a force that has to be sustained.

Everybody living a comfortable life day after day, watching the army and the navy outside our doors. But people never quit stupid social conventions, and stupid modern rituals of acceptance among young people, we live in a atmosphere of confusion and materialism, everything has to be nice and fast and empty.

"Mr Racoon seeks to promote freedom or thinking and expresing among the young people as a weapon to construct meaning in life to serve fixing the other soul and giving energy to change lives and ideas, then our countries with bad salaries and high prices of tortilla."

Every song is in Spanish, so take a translator

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Soon we'll present "Hooray" or HURRA the new album from Mr Racoon, with contributions from new members of the group.