Militancy, ideals and particular and personal ways of thinking have become a rare sight in the world of music, where bands, festivals and brands seem determined to turn music into a clone factory with nothing that differentiates projects from one to the next.
When Los Sara Fontan started playing live around 2019, they decided to do it without recording any albums. Never. An anti-industry “quixotesque” move that nevertheless has allowed them to play and surprise hundreds of spectators during their shows (close to 200) throughout Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Finland, England or Portugal Nobody knew what to expect and the surprise effect amplified what came from the stage: an experimental duo, with a violin, a keyboard, a drum kit, an arsenal of pedal effects and resources that take them from contemporaneity to electronics, from the atmospheric to the unbridled in just a few seconds. Their music is born and dies on stage and that volatility turns each show into a kind of unrepeatable liturgy that remains only in the memory of those who are lucky enough enjoy it.
Their proposal has not only inhabited small, alternative rock venues or carefully programmed festivals (OOAM in Switzerland, Norpas in Finland, Eufònic or AMFest), but has quickly grown and expanded its energies into the world of performing arts. Their project 4132314 together with Tarta Relena and Cocanha was Premio Ciutat de Barcelona in 2022, they shared the stage with BlancaLlum Vidal, a prestigious Catalan poet, in her “La Princesa sou Vós” (2022), with the dancer Sónia Gómez (2023) and other projects with Amorante (SO) Their sound designs for “Los Detectives” (Antic Teatre, 2022) or soundtracks such as “Remember my Name” “Magaluf Ghost Town” (Toronto Film Festival, 2021), “Autodefensa”.
When at the end of 2022 they decided to record an album, no one could believe it. “Queda pendiente” (It remains pending) is not the summary of their 5 years of life, as would be expected, but rather it is a faithful reflection of what Los Sara Fontan are right now. It is a live, contemporary, meandering and absolutely dynamic album. It has been recorded live by the band itself (it is not necessary to name DIY here) and mixed by Santi García at the Ultramarinos, with a devastating mastering by Álvaro Gallego.
The list of adjectives expands with each listening: expansive, forceful, danceable, exciting… If instrumental music leaves room for the listener to interpret the listening, “Queda pendiente” is an exercise in sonic freedom that makes you continue to believe in music and in those who are behind it. The recording strengthens their live shows, which continue to be wild celebrations where polyrhythms, silences or well-managed sound pressure make us think that Los Sara Fontan, for that little while, do what they want with us. And what a pleasure, hey.