Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia, Reggaetón mixed with electronic music – it’s still not everything that MULA bring on their second full-length effort, “Aguas”.
To start talking about MULA we must move a couple of years back, when the sisters Anabel and Cristabel started the flight as “Las Acevedo”. The last name of both became the name of that musical project, which with a guitar and bongos was the perfect formula to record 3 productions: “The Weather Smells like Oranges” (2011), “Homemade Cookies” (2012), and “Fiesta en la Vitrola” (2013).
This project made them known in several places outside the island, such as Brazil, Puerto Rico, Spain, Colombia and the United States. At that time, Rachel – calling herself Rach Ro – learned to produce and handle electronic instruments in Argentina and published her album “Pisces Rising” EP.
Apparently, the destiny of both projects was to become one and thus to see a new creature born. But it was not so easy, for you had to create a new species, something different, something that left behind what they had separately conceived. And it is then, with the desire to mix rhythms, when they fall in love with merengue, dembow, dubstep and electronics until combining them in a single rhythm. MULA was born.
As MULA, they published their first self-titled album in 2015, the beginning of new adventures, songs that displayed a mixture of styles almost impossible, but well realized. As they returned from trips abroad, the album was followed by “MULA Remixes“, where several DJs and producers translated the sound of this trio to their personal styles.
The start of 2017 brought good news: “Aguas” was the second work of this power trio of the local electronics. And with this record, the girls come with everything: an album of 11 tracks with their characteristic mixture of styles and themes.
“Aguas” is the result of more than a year of work, when MULA explored Caribbean and Latin American music during their trips and presentations. We can appreciate a lot in the mix of Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and Reggaetón, with various genres and electronic instruments.
It’s a much more thought-out album, and according to the girls, has a clearer intention and a cleaner sound. We are facing a musical style that is already relevant, we are standing before the concretization of the sound MULA, ladies and gentlemen.
Photo: Joened López