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Ones To Watch: Bonson Berner

3 min read

Location: Buenos Aires ARG / Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Electro Rock, Post Punk Revival

Members: Pato Aloi, Guillermo Porro, Diego Cuevas

Bonson Berner is the brainchild of Argentine musician, photographer, painter and architect Lisandro “Pato” Aloi. Following a period of both musical and physical exploration with avant-garde Argentine rock band Siga la Flecha (“Follow the Arrow”) – which played everything from international festivals like Pepsi Music to prestigious local jazz clubs and hidden musical tombs – Aloi left Buenos Aires and closed his architecture firm in order to set up sonic shop in Los Angeles. Soon thereafter, Bonson Berner unleashed its first effort, the rousing Passport, an electronic, post-punk revival that received major praise from the indie rock community with industry tastemaker Buzzbands LA lauding, “Bonson Berner’s electro-charged rock bridges the gap between indie-rockers like The National and another well-known band with Argentine bloodlines, Diego Garcia’s Elefant.”

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Featuring the talents of producer Guillermo Porro and mixer Eric Corne, Passport was an idiosyncratic beast. The themes of universal love, energy and modern global culture exploded with a sound of electronic grunge and latin post-punk revealing shades of Depeche Mode, Joy Division and Manu Chao. Aloi found in Bonson Berner an ideal creative vessel: he directed the videos, designed the album art, and filled his lyrics with all the stories, impressions and feelings he gathered traveling across the globe as a photographer.

Considering Aloi’s constant need of expression, which he describes as “the sound of endless voices coming from different directions”, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it didn’t take long for Bonson Berner’s second album, Reflection, to be born. This time, however – the voices met. Reflection is reflective of Aloi’s intimate, brooding and passionate nature and is his most personal album to date. Flourishes of Massive Attack, Goldfrapp, Faithless and Pink Floyd coalesce to create a sophisticated sonic palette. Propulsive emissions like the reverberating title track and the album’s first single “Traveling,” echo this fresh mesh while “Esta Noche en el Bar” is a sultry stroll on the wild side to an intimate dive where Jobim sips Jim Beam with James Dean. It goes down smooth, emitting a euphoric sheen.

Listen to the bands album Reflection below:


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