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LP / OPUNTIA. Mercurio

LP / OPUNTIA. Mercurio

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Opuntia — Mercurio
Release March 2024

Mercurio is the debut album by Opuntia, the solo project of Mexico City-based producer Camila de Laborde. After three albums with her duo/band, Camila Fuchs (ATP/Felte, etc.), Camila decides to embark on a new path of musical and interpersonal exploration with Opuntia as her new alias, and with the album Mercurio as a statement of metamorphosis and creative process.

Overall, Mercurio is a direct impact of beautiful melodies, rhythms, and vocals traversing an axis of avant-garde electronic pop, sprinkled with elegant nods to experimental transitions. In Mercurio, spaces, textures, and echoes reminiscent of a retro science fiction analogy can be perceived. Bass hits or percussion carry a weight that bursts but delicately dissolves instantly, perhaps another analogy, akin to liquid metal. From softness to fury throughout the ten songs, Opuntia proposes an artistically reinvented constant movement. Speeds and spaces change, but the narrative remains consistent from start to finish, finding a place, a resolved utopia. Mercurio is cheerfully dark, with substantial doses of sophisticated pop.

Music and lyrics by Camila de Laborde (Opuntia). Recorded at Haus, Lisbon; MCO Studios, Mexico City; Firgun Recordings, Fontainebleau. Mixed by Santiago Rodríguez and Camila de Laborde at Eviltapes Studio, Mexico City. Mastered by Rafael Anton Irisarri at Black Knoll Studio, New York. Cover photo by Manuela de Laborde / Daniel de Laborde. Design by Daniel Castrejón.


01 Lake of voices
02 Déjame decir que no
03 Low machine
04 Meketer
05 Carry a rock
06 Hold
07 Howl
08 9 for 9
09 No lo veía venir
10 The starting beat

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UMOR REX is a window with a unique vision towards experimental music. It is a label worth discovering through the ear, both for electronic music lovers and for those curious to explore new forms of artistic expression.

Founded in 2006 in Mexico City, UMOR REX is an independent record label whose challenging and experimental catalog, in vinyl and cassette format, spans from ambient to electronic experimentation, dub, and avant-garde. They publish the work of artists constantly exploring new sound territories, such as Felicia Atkinson, Driftmachine, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Gudrun Gut, Siavash Amini, among many others.

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