Kuyuy - Muy Poco Importa Lo Que Ya Paso

OregaFamilia! Hola! Como estan? Buenos dias! Yes I’m speaking Spanish and no I’m not crazy! This week’s review is so smooth, so unique, and so groovy it’s got me practicing my Spanish and dancing rumbas in my sleep. Y’all better get your tenedores y servilletas (forks and napkins) ready, because this one has got EL SABOR (flavor).

Recently assembled as a live only band and forced to change their strategy as a result of worldwide lockdown due to COVID-19, Kuyuy has produced a new single entitled “Muy Poco Importa Lo Que Ya Paso” and it’s a refreshingly cool glass of lemon water that will give your feet some zest and put the love in your chest. The right amount of smooth and smack from the rhythm section, mixed with sophisticated solos and a beautifully sensual vocal. Like limon and garbanzo, this track has got all the elements to make a melodious dish.

Something that I find very unique and innovative about this track is the fact that each instrument part was recorded separately in everyone’s quarantine studio and all in one take! As a professional performer myself, this amazes me as I could not hear any imperfections from any of the instruments! Well done, or as they say in Spanish, buen trabajo Kuyuy! This recording technique has definitely captured their goal of being a “live” band, and this new way of creating music as a group could definitely be the way of the future. As the name Kuyuy (meaning “movement" in South America) suggests, these peeps are definitely at the forefront of a new one…

“Muy Poco Importa Lo Que Ya Paso” wastes no time with an intro, and starts like a shot out of a cannon with a tightly grooving rhythm section and an easy moving, prophetic trombone line to let you know what’s up! The keyboard feeds out some light, airy chords and technical riffs that set the mood in your torso while the bass takes your bottom for a bus ride in boogie town, leaving the drum set to seal the sonic package and settle your soul. Not to mention, the syncopated, crispy rock guitar that pulls away and pieces together the rhythm section to make a well rounded collaboration of sound slapping sweetness. 

Sounds delicious, doesn’t it? Well, get ready for some of the icing on the cake. Once the vocal comes in, we get a taste of some pretty, fluffy, and smokey goodness delivering catchy melodies and inflicting a conscious message. Like marshmallows and chocolate, the voice compliments the music in a way that gives you a full body rush and leaves behind a soft aftertaste. It is here in the verse, that we are introduced to the meaning of the lyrics and the title of the song. Ya para que seguir a los demas? (What’s the point of following others?) Si ya al final, Muy poco importa lo que ya paso. (When ultimately, it matters little what already happened.)

One thing I would like to highlight is the way the trombone flirts with the vocal, and breaks away with improvised melodies in between lines. This is a sign of a group that plays off of each other… no pun intended. All jokes aside, these musicians really executed a great recording, and still utilized all the necessary tactics of playing live together while recording remotely in separate locations. The keyboard is riffing off the bass, who is riffing off the drums, and the guitar is coating the space in between making a musical machine that fires on all cylinders.

As we know, the meaning of the band name is movement, and the chorus does as instructed. As the verse wraps up, we are taken through a quick sonic tunnel of a transition from a tightly held together, smooth balloon ride of a groove to a rockin latin rhythm taxi that jolts you into hyperdrive and shoots you up with coffee! The lyrics in this part are confident and the big, bold sound definitely helps to get the message out. Like letting the cat out of the bag, the lyrics that define being a non-conformist outsider who doesn’t like rules come out to play and slam the message right into your head just before coming back down to the comfort of the cloud-like verse we were floating on earlier.

This structure repeats itself until we are gifted a delightfully surprising keyboard solo that takes us to funky town with Herbie Hancock in the back seat. A therapeutic combination of sweet, sharp, and staccato that coats the throat like a lozenge and fills your ears with euphoria. A great contrast from the breath-like chords we heard out of the keyboard in the first part of the song. This is one skill that makes a great player… knowing when to shine and when to support.

And just like picking teams in gym class, we can’t forget the conga player either - holding down the pocket and adding that extra kick like salt on a tortilla. MMM… muy delicioso! Otra ves senor! 

And finally, I just have to mention the guitar solo at the end. As a professional guitar player, when I hear music I am always tuned in to more aspects of the guitar than any other instrument. Let me say, this dude has got the OregaStamp of approval! The solo at the end is the perfect blend of crispy and cool… Like a fresh Margarita on a hot summer day, or a hot lasagna on a cool Sunday evening, the guitar takes us to comfort town and closes out this masterfully crafted fusion rock remote live concert recording experience with an optimistic feeling and all intentions of giving the track a handful of more spins!

Overall, this song is a refreshing blast of latin rock with a modern approach to it’s creation. It’s got a great story, all the right elements, and a highly skilled group of musicians. Keep your eye on Kuyuy, and don’t miss this movement!

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-Mike Oregano 🌿

Oregano Entertainment Network, Oregano Records


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