With 1998's The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera, Los Amigos Invisibles (The Invisible Friends) created the ultimate party album. Surprising segues – one after another – join non-stop grooves. Like having an incredible DJ at your house working for the mere price of a CD...it flows and swings and never stops...one song/groove leads right into the next, no waiting. It feels like being smacked upside the head in a delicious way.
The New Sound of the Venezuelan Gozadera is a journey deep into the pants of rhythm. Party music hasn't sounded this chic since Chic. "The Gozadera, more than a musical style, is a concept allowing us to use whatever music we enjoy and mix it up," says guitarist Jose Luis Pardo. "Like boogaloo, salsa, bossa nova, funk, disco, house, techno, jungle, merengue, New Wave, cha-cha-cha, mambo, and of course Acid Jazz." And who better to pull this off than producer Andres Levin (Aterciopelados, Chaka Khan, La Portuaria, La Secta, El Gran Silencio, David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, and many more) along with engineer Fernando Aponte (Masters at Work, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Deee-Lite, Towa Tei)?
This, their second album, finds the young Venezuelans stepping out from under the shadow of the Rock en Español moniker and giving it a much needed face-lift. "We are a rock band that does not just play just rock music," says singer Jose Briceño. The 19 tracks on the album combine keyboard driven dance-rock with elements of Latin music worked in. Whether it's the funked out bliss of "Sexy," the mambo lounge of "Mango Cool," or the trip-hop ecstasy of "Otra Vez" (on which Arto Lindsay contributes a bit of distorted 12-string electric guitar), Los Amigos Invisibles keep things moving and grooving. Their lyrics tell stories inspired by real-life experiences of love (sex), relationships (sex), and more often then not, the taboos that accompany each (sleazy sex).