Aisles have been regarded as neoprog, but their approach to music goes far beyond. Their soulfully crafted combination of rock, progressive rock, art rock, fusion, world music and other styles illustrates the band’s unique liberal and eclectic music vision, reaching their own sound by forming an identity which makes it unmistakably unique to anyone’s ear, and a spirit in which prevails above all, the desire to create.
After almost two years of search, the Chilean rock group Aisles welcome their new singer, Israel Gil, with the re-recording of the song Smile Of Tears. The track, taken from the album In Sudden Walks (2009), has a strong electronic influence from Depeche Mode’s eighties era, brought to the 21st century. «This song affects me a lot because when we recorded it, social distancing and the pandemic were starting in Chile –says Israel- the title makes a lot of sense to me, because in these lockdown days, with video calls and contact through social media, you pretend on camera that you are happy, but you are suffering on the inside».
Germán Vergara, Aisles’ guitarist and producer, points out that they chose this song because «we have rarely played it live and we thought that this was a good opportunity to bring it back and to introduce Israel to our audience». Israel is replacing longtime vocalist and founding member Sebastián Vergara, who stepped down as front man of Aisles in October, 2018.
Israel, a classical trained musician and student of Music Theory at the Pontificia Universidad Católica De Chile, was discovered through the social network Vampr, an app that connects musicians from all over the world who share interests. German explains, «we liked his voice because it is honest and clear, it is very special». Israel adds: «I saw this band in the app, German sent me a message because he liked a video I posted, and after that first contact I had a revelatory moment: singing would become my priority. I had never bet this much in my life».
After an intense audition process, where the musician had to learn old and new songs of the band, Israel was chosen because of his motivation, his discipline, his attention to detail and his friendliness. «We feel that he has been part of the band for years –says German- even though we have really shared just a few months. There has been a lot of chemistry, a lot of conversation. We need to work with someone that makes you feel comfortable, because the creative process is too intimate». Israel adds: «After the audition process, I realized this is the path I want to follow, I want to see how this mechanism works. In this band, there’s a constant search and there are also different opinions, which makes it complex and also extremely motivating».
Aisles, formed also by Rodrigo Sepúlveda (guitar), Felipe Candia (drums), Juan Pablo Gaete (keyboards, synth) and Daniel Concha (bass), are working on their fifth studio album, which will be released by June, 2021. «Most of the music is already recorded, we only need to record the voice and we hope to start showing new material starting on January», says German.
This album leaves behind the sound and visual complexity of Hawaii (2016), keeping the melancholy and instrumental passages that have defined Aisles throughout their career, adding influences as Porcupine Tree and Animals As Leaders.