"Recycle the old man, recycle the new one in your place... a new cycle begins." -Despierta (Awake)
CICLOS (CYCLES) is the new album by Gandhi. It's music and lyrics talk about life cycles and the slight line between illusion and reality present in humans' lives.
The album was released in september 2004 and contains 11 tracks: Ciclos (Cycles), Sr. Caballero (Mr. Gentleman), Celeste, Sombras (Shadows), Puente (Bridge), Vacío (Empty), Despierta (Awake), Una Ilusión (An Illusion), 40, Aire (Air), and El Sol y la Flor (The Sun and the Flower). It was produced by Mexican musician Sabo Romo, former member of legend rock band Caifanes, and producer of Gandhi's rendition of 'El septimo dia' in the Soda Stereo tribute by BMG.
"With the light we disappear, playing a game for us unknown... the world is a delirium of space and time." -Sombras (Shadows)
Gandhi's sound is mystical and melodic and their style is what they defined as 'eclectic rock in Spanish'. In this album 'CICLOS', the band sound their best and have put together a collection of soulful compositions which show their maturity and experience as a band for over 10 years of playing and recording.
Gandhi and producer Sabo Romo worked together with over 30 songs, all composed by Gandhi members. They picked out the musical pieces that make what Sabo called 'a pure rock album', like he had done with Jaguares 'Bajo el azul de tu misterio' a few years ago, which was nominated for two Latin Grammys.
"I reach this place where everything is natural and neutral. Today I start again, and like the rest I learn to judge." -Ciclos (Cycles)
The lineup included Luis (lead singer) on piano and keyboards besides the usual rock quartet. Abel (bass) recorded live and a special recording technique was used in which the bass amplifier is located behind the drummer, and so the microphones pickup the bass and make it more compressed and well defined. Federico (guitars) used several vintage guitars and amplifiers, including some tube amplifiers from the 60s and a few classic acoustic and electric guitars. Massimo (drums) recorded using a hybrid set composed from different drum sets with classic 70s sound, and also played a few acoustic guitars. Sabo Romo was also guest musician in vocals, acoustic guitars, and his main instrument the bass.
This music was written at a time of many changes in the world, and in the group members' personal lives, which came as inspiration for this eclectic and mystic album. 'CICLOS', or Cycles, is the kind of album that can go around in cycles in yourcd player for days and you can discover new sounds, textures and feelings each time a new cycle begins.