Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune

by Vision Fortune

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about

Brothers Alexander and Austin Peru first met Andres Cuatroquesos in a small boys boarding school in Menen, Belgium. They rekindled their friendship in London seven years ago, and proceeded to meet up every week at an after-college music club. There, they were given the opportunity by a generous music teacher to record in his home studio in Hither Green, and there they honed their sound under the careful direction of Mr Healey. Their debut LP, Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune, is out 13 May 2013 and is a split release between Faux Discx and Gringo Records, a duo of labels that has been behind previous releases from like-minded artists such as Cold Pumas, Sauna Youth and Hookworms.

Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune is an album borne out of desperate economic uncertainty, loosely based on John Kay’s infamous ‘Parable of the Ox’ - itself a thinly veiled allegory for unbridled capitalism. The album represents the tragic life and death of the aforementioned ox, whose weight is solely determined by the aggregated ‘wisdom of the crowd’. The music contained within embodies both the self-interested nature of hysterical spectators, and the agonising sense of culpability following the animal’s eventual demise.

‘XXII’ perfectly encapsulates the emotional strain found in Kay's observation - the constant push and pull of electronic interference and rhythmic tension in direct juxtaposition with the misplaced market opportunism of ‘XX’. Similar frictions are found in the creaking repetition of ‘XVII’ - two mismatched guitars compete for attention over its seven and a half minutes, like a couple of bitter attendees quarreling at a country fair. Meanwhile, the glacial, consumerist meditation of ‘XVI’ is the first of several pieces seeking to replicate the sullen ambience of small-town apathy and greed. ‘XIV’, perhaps one of the most immediate of tracks on the album, brings to mind the inevitable pitfalls of animal husbandry - the creature itself growing gaunt and sick before the owner’s eyes, slowly morphing into an altogether different beast.

The album concludes with the elegiac paean to solitude, ‘XIII’ - an empty market, scraps of uneaten vegetables blowing through a muddy town centre, its main attraction nowhere to be found.

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released May 13, 2013

Recording and artwork by Vision Fortune
Mixed by MJ at Suburban Home and Vision Fortune
Mastered by Joe Caithness

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Gringo Records Nottingham

GRINGO is a record label based in Nottingham, approaching 20 years of age, still hopped up on DIY and in too deep to stop. It is too late at night for me to try and explain what the concept of DIY means to me, but catch me after too many pale ales and I’ll go off on one. Of course, at the heart of all good music is LOVE. If you believe in love, please invest some of your hard-earned in our music. ... more

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