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MWL XXXVIII. The Velvet Underground, Dominique Charpentier, Santi Campos

Music without Labels XXXVIII

New York rock by The Velvet Underground

The modern classical piano of Dominique Charpentier

Santi Campos´ sensibility

Urban Rock II: The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground were primitive and sophisticated. They made true artistic and experimental rock that portrayed the excitement, the violence and the misery of contemporary New York society. They were a cursed group frowned upon by the music industry.

They had a distinctly American sound. They created edgy music, riddled with dissonances, feedback and cutting-edge experiments, with John Cale’s squeaky viola and Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed’s guitars.

The Velvet Underground - White Light / White Heat (1968)

This is a live version of a song written by Lou Reed. It opened the album of the same name and it made reference to the effects and the damage that the consumption of acid and heroine produced.

Sterling Morrison and Lou Reed met at the elitist University of Syracuse. There they got to know John Cale, a contemporary music student, and bassist Maureen Tucker. In 1965, Andy Warhol took a fancy to them, set them up in his Factory and insisted they add the German model Nico. With this formula they recorded their first album The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967). The result did not convince them, so they broke up with Warhol. A year later White light/White heat came out, and it would be followed by three albums, first without Cale and then and later without Reed.

International: Dominique Charpentier

Originally from Provence, Dominique Charpentier is a renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer of the modern classical world, a blooming musical genre that includes known artists such as Nils Frahm and Ólafur Arnalds.

Influenced by masters such as Yann Tiersen, he creates fascinating melodies and minimalist harmonies that, centred in the emotion and simplicity, are inspired by the contemplation of nature and the beauty of everyday life.

Dominique Charpentier - Instantané (2017)

This is a self-authored song composed for the soundtrack of the film The Cakemaker. Directed by the Israelite Ofir Raul Graizer, it portrays a love story with great freshness.

Dominique Charpentier was born in Nimes, though currently he lives in Hyères, on the French Riviera. In addition to composing, he produces, mixes and masters all his records. His works include five albums and numerous singles and EPs. He has also composed soundtracks and music for videogames. The music of this prolific artist is purely experimentation and he mainly uses the piano as his means of expression. The soft and intimate sound of the hammers skimming the strings remains the core of his productions.

National: Santi Campos

Santi Campos is one of the most private and meticulous authors of Spanish pop in recent times. Unhurried and keeping away from trends, he has created records of great compositive richness and charged with sensibility.

He combines eminently pop melodies with a solid rock frame. Natural sounds created from acoustic and electric guitars, steel guitar and warm pianos. Genuine heritage of artists such as Neil Young, The Band and Wilco.

Santi Campos and Herederos – Vino y diazepam (2019)

This is a song that was written by Santi Campos in conjunction with his band. It’s from his work La alegría, which was released as two complementary records with four thematic chapters.

The career of Santi Campos began as a singer, guitarist and main composer of the bands Malconsejo in the decade of the nineties, and Los Amigos Imaginarios in more recent times. At the same time, he developed a solo career for which he has relied on outstanding session musicians, grouped under the name Herederos. His work includes a dozen albums where he mixes poems with great quality music. Most of these have been released by the independent label Rock Indiana.