Drones Que Caens employs an impressionistic set of synthesizer arpeggios and meditative percussion to set the mood for “No Faltes.” But when the vocals come in with electronic flutes the dynamic of the song changes and opens up into contemplative emotional spaces. The song is in Spanish and the poetry of it is perhaps most fully appreciated with a knowledge of the language. However, even lacking that, knowing that the song is a portrait of a homeless person in Argentina, as a symbol for homeless people around the world, the emotional content of the song is the same and evocatively conveyed. It has a tragic, mournful quality that conveys a deep compassion for the situation and what makes it possible and the inherent human dignity of the subject of the song. Fans of Trent Reznor’s and Atticus Ross’s soundtrack work will appreciate the sound design component of the arrangements and production of “No Faltes” with its attention to texture, rhythm and the accents of tone. The song has a downtempo quality but one that moves you to a different state and a consciousness of the plight of others rather than comforting and soothing your conscience and that’s partly what makes it a remarkable piece of work. Listen to “No Faltes” on Soundcloud and connect with Drones Que Caen at the links provided.
Argentinian experimental rock band Drones Que Caen from Buenos Aires is doing the soundtrack to a documentary film to be released at the end of 2020. The film is about a homeless poet who lived on the same street in Sao Paulo for more than a decade. Throughout 2020 the group has been and will release a single every month that reflects its eclectic musical interests that span the kind of intensely emotional singer-songwriter material we heard from Jeff Buckley and Elliott Smith, the production heavy industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails and the similarly-minded and musically diverse Argentinian rock band A-Tirador Láser. That said, its single “Condicionado,” written as the main theme of the aforementioned documentary, breaks from all expectations one might have of the group’s cited influences. Its drifting yet fluidly seething synth drones cast a melancholic, dream-like tone. The composition makes exquisite use of a simple keyboard figure as a kind of framework from which the other sounds including an elongated, doleful guitar drone hang like uncomfortable memories passing through your mind in a montage of regret. Listen to “Condicionado” on Soundcloud and follow Drones Que Caen at the links provided.