Mexican Heroes Rey Pila Return With A Double-Single

Check out 'Online Soul' / 'Friend Request'...

Mexican group Rey Pila return with two new tracks.

The band formed in 2010, hinging on the creative partnership between Diego Solórzano, Andrés Velasco, and Rodrigo Blanco. Blending rock, indie, and electronics, they’ve blossomed to welcome influences as diverse as Depeche Mode and reggaeton.

Previously working with Julian Casablancas imprint Cult Records, Rey Pila are now operating independently, and return with a pair of new songs.

The all-new double-single is out now, with ‘Online Soul’ and ‘Friend Request’ serving to pick apart our awkward relationship with digital technology. Surveying the emptiness of the social media era, the tracks also serve to document Rey Pila’s continued evolution.

“I have a strong preoccupation and interest about the fabricated reality on social media, the internet and AI,” Diego Solórzano explains. “I feel that nowadays there’s a thin line fading between real experiences and fantasised ones. The way most people portray themselves online is very detached from human actions and emotions. We live in a time where many realities co-exist and many of these realities are far away from the way we really are. ‘Friend Request’ started off like a dub song, even though it ended up like something else… We’ve always loved that genre, there’s something about those old dub recordings that make us so happy. Personally, it reminds me of my childhood, when I visited my uncles and cousins in the Caribbean. I like to think there’s some Mad Professor or Yellowman in the spirit or foundation of the song.

Solórzano continues: “With ‘Online Soul,’ the instrumental loop was so compelling I didn’t want to transform it into a full song. The sounds and synth melodies evoke strong emotions and remind me of Roman Polanski’s Frantic.”

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Conrado Del Campo

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