10 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Zoé: Panoramas finds the Mexican alt-rock band leaning into their longtime fascination with endless grooves and ambient soundscapes. While these instrumentals were crafted to score to Zoé's recent concert film, the album is plenty beguiling without the visual accompaniment, blending evocative downtempo excursions ("Foco Loco") with hypnotic epics inspired by krautrock's motorik beat ("155"). Conjuring wide-open vistas and high-speed movement, the propulsive moments grip you like the work of soundtrack maestro Giorgio Moroder, while the atmospheric miniatures have an Eno-ish blend of the eerie and the entrancing.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Zoé: Panoramas finds the Mexican alt-rock band leaning into their longtime fascination with endless grooves and ambient soundscapes. While these instrumentals were crafted to score to Zoé's recent concert film, the album is plenty beguiling without the visual accompaniment, blending evocative downtempo excursions ("Foco Loco") with hypnotic epics inspired by krautrock's motorik beat ("155"). Conjuring wide-open vistas and high-speed movement, the propulsive moments grip you like the work of soundtrack maestro Giorgio Moroder, while the atmospheric miniatures have an Eno-ish blend of the eerie and the entrancing.

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About Zoé

A five-piece band from Mexico with a psychedelic rock style, Zoé rose to the top of the rock en español scene during the late 2000s. Their third album, the chart-topping breakout smash Memo Rex Commander y el Corazón Atómico de la Vía Láctea (2006), earned the band an array of award nominations and the first of many Premio Oye! wins. Founded in Mexico City in 1994, the band underwent a few years of lineup changes before solidifying into a quintet comprised of León Larregui (vocals), Sergio Acosta (lead guitar), Jesús Báez (keyboards), Angel Mosqueda (bass), and Beto Cabrera (drums). In association with Sony Music, Zoé made their eponymous full-length debut in 2001. The album was largely unsuccessful despite the release of multiple singles. Looking to a make a change with its second album, the band got together with Phil Vinall, who had mixed their full-length debut. A veteran British producer whose credits include albums by Placebo, Gene, and the Auteurs, in addition to work with Radiohead, Elastica, and Pulp. Vinall's experience in the mid-'90s British scene was well-suited to the band's alternative rock influences. Second album Rocanlover (2003) was an improvement over the first. The band's style was more fully realized. After a few years of modest if not major success, Zoé and Sony Music parted ways. In 2005, faced with limited resources, the band put out The Room, an independently released eight-track EP featuring the smash hit single "Dead." In association with EMI and once again with Vinall in the production seat, Zoé skyrocketed to the top of the rock en español scene in 2006 with critically acclaimed third album Memo Rex Commander y el Corazón Atómico de la Vía Láctea. Similar in style and likewise impressive, the certified platinum follow-up effort Reptilectric (2008) was another blockbuster hit. An MTV Unplugged album titled Música de Fondo (Ambient Music) arrived in 2011, followed by the experimental Prográmaton, their fifth studio long player, in 2013. In 2015 the band issued a concert LP called 8.11.14. ~ Jason Birchmeier

  • ORIGIN
    Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • FORMED
    1994

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