The Chilean rock band Aisles, has just released the song Thanks To Kafka, released through Presagio Records on all digital platforms. This is the fourth single from the group’s new studio album, which will be out during the first few months of 2022.
Thanks To Kafka was influenced by the darker side of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson and the melancholy of Radiohead. It is also the first single where guitarist Germán Vergara takes the lead, with a nod to Lou Reed’s interpretation, and marks a stylistic shift in relation to the three previously released singles, Fast, Disobedience and Megalomania: Thanks To Kafka is completely introspective. «It is based on the idea of people who did not find answers to their existential problems or who lost the battle of life,” says the musician. The writer Franz Kafka was the perfect reference to define this internal struggle, because “he speaks from defeat and approaches it from those dark places» says Germán Vergana.
The track was recorded at Estudio Del Sur, produced and mixed by Angelo Marini and Germán Vergara and mastered by American engineer Randy Merrill (Muse, Paul McCartney, Beck, Liam Gallagher). In addition, it is the fourth single from the band’s new studio album, after the release of Fast, which came out on June 4, Disobedience, released on July 15, and Megalomania, on August 27.
The cover was created by designer Jean Pierre Cabañas from Médu1a (winner of the Pulsar Award for Best Art of the Year for El vuelo del Pillán ‘ by Kuervos del Sur in 2017). «We wanted to pay tribute to Kafka – Germán points out – in the image there is that skull with a hole like a person who committed suicide by shooting themselves and the cockroach symbolizing depression”.
The group, formed by Germán Vergara, Felipe Candia (drummer), Rodrigo Sepúlveda (guitar), Juan Pablo Gaete (keyboard), Israel Gil (vocalist) and Daniel Concha (bass), has finished recording their fifth studio album, which will be released during the next months. In this new album, they have left behind the concept and sound of Hawaii (2016) to open up to a more direct and powerful sound influenced by bands like Porcupine Tree, Rush and Animals As Leaders. «We have done a very exhaustive job: we put pressure on ourselves to change our paradigm», says the producer and guitarist.
Based in Santiago, Chile, and having released four highly acclaimed studio albums, Aisles have become South America’s most important progressive band of the past two decades. Their intricate melodies and sonic openness reflect their incomparable music approach. The group has played in the Americas, Europe, and done extensive touring cycles in Chile, opening for household names such as Marillion and Focus. The track Disobedience,
In 2005, Aisles released their debut album, entitled The Yearning, recognized for its elegant and delicate melodic work, especially on epic songs such as The Wharf That Holds His Vessel and Gray. In 2009, their second album, n Sudden Walks, inspired by existential literature and by theater, was nominated for Best Foreign Record at the Prog Awards in Italy, and the group also participated in the 11th version of the Progressif Crescendo Rock Festival in France. Their third record, 4:45 AM (2013), which looked into the loneliness of the human being, received rave reviews and was ranked among the best albums of that year in numerous publications specialized in progressive rock. The track Fast,
Their latest studio album, Hawaii (2016), a conceptual double album that narrates the life of humanity in space after the destruction of the Earth, was called a masterpiece and chosen among the best albums of the year by media outlets such as Prog (England), IO Pages (Holland), Raw Ramp (England) and Chile’s premiere rock magazine, Rockaxis. The success of the album made them tour in Europe, the United States and Mexico.
In 2018, as a way of closing the cycle of “Hawaii”, they released the EP Live From Estudio Del Sur, complemented with four videos recorded live that are found on YouTube. After the departure of their original vocalist, Sebastián Vergara, at the end of that year, Aisles introduced in September 2020 their new singer, Israel Gil, with whom they restarted their constant artistic evolution by releasing Smile Of Tears, a new version of the song from the album In Sudden Walks. The band will release their fifth album during the first few months of 2022.