is no stranger to the Latin alternative scene. Since dropping its first disc in 2002, The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1
, the electro-fusion outfit has carved a well-defined niche. That's not only across Latin America but also stateside, amassing a cult following from various appearances at some of the U.S.'s biggest and best festivals. The 2005 followup, The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3
, which seems to have skipped right over Volume Two, only solidified the band's acclaim.
But Nortec Collective has since ceased to record and perform as a unit -- not breaking up, but rather supporting as a group the four individual members' projects. A Nortec Collective Presents: Bostich + Fussible project has been in the works for some time, but a Hiperboreal + Clorofila project ended up coming to fruition first -- only sans Hiperboreal.
"It basically came about because we were having a hard time putting together a followup to Vol. 3," explains Jorge Verdin, who performs as Clorofila
. "We decided at one point we were going to do several separate albums, and that's what happened. I went and put together something that I felt had a nice flow in terms of styles and a sort of narrative."
The Nortec part of the band's name comes from its hybrid sound, a blend of norteño, from the members' native northern Mexico, with techno. Verdin has stayed true to that style on his solo debut, Corridos Urbanos, the first of the aforementioned Nortec Collective solo spinoffs to see the light of day. It's an aptly named work of electronica infused with styles and sounds indigenous to Tijuana and the north of Mexico, like the aforementioned norteño, as well as tambora, wherein the presence of the accordion, double bass, clarinets, horns, and bass drums take center stage.
"Corridos go way back," Verdin says of the traditional norteño song style. "They're basically songs that tell stories -- like folk stories, in a sort of way. And what I wanted to do with the songs, even though a lot of them are instrumental, is that each individual song have a story attached. Each song for me is a story that relates to me, to growing up in Tijuana, and to my recent experiences with the city. So to me, they're like my own personal version of corridos."
Despite the fact that the album is largely instrumental, Clorofila still accomplishes a sense of narrative, expressed through the music's various tones, moods, and colors.
He'll play selections from his solo oeuvre this Saturday at the Awarehouse as part of ongoing performances tied to the venue's ¡Mira Que Lindas! exhibit.
Clorofila. With Xperimento. 9 p.m. Saturday, June 19. The Awarehouse, 550 NW 29th St., Miami. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested. All ages; 305-576-4004; acustronic.com