interviewed by "Starvox"
I was surprised to discover that Palace of Worms Records' newest release, a CD from the Chile band Luna in Caelo, is actually a re-release. But on listening, the reasons are obvious. Luna in Caelo's *Aquellos Desgarradores Gritos LLamados Silencio* (originally 1998) is an intense, diverse, and beautiful release. The album utilizes guitar, female voice, percussion, and bass in a flurry of dark emotion. One moment the band is in a full throttle as intense and loud as the Swans, and next follows a piece with interesting percussion and treated electric guitar work remnant of Cocteau Twins or even early Cure. Some soundscape guitar works also work their way into the album. The Palace of Worms Records re-release of this CD includes three earlier (1996) songs not on the original album as well as two mpeg videos.
Luna in Caelo's work *Miedo a Morir* (2000) is much more consistent and a bit more quiet with a greater concentration on voice and guitar, like lighter Cocteau Twins works. The album is very passionate, but not as confrontational a *Aquellos...*. The guitars are beautiful and voice very sweet. "Vigilia" moves slowly with quiet percussion in the background and wind chimes fading in and out, perhaps sometimes backwards. The track resolves with a sort of quiet distortion fading in and finally out.
Luna in Caelo is a band that must be appreciated first and foremost for the very interesting and well used guitar and guitar effects. It seems to come naturally to Daniel Devila, Luna in Caelo guitarist and visionary in cooperation with Alejandra Araya, the beautiful voice of the band. It is evident that this is a band to seek out if you appreciate the moods of such bands as Cocteau Twins and earlier Siouxsie. And don't be fooled when Daniel says this is a rock band; I believe he means there is structure and guitar, but beyond that this is very different music indeed.
StarVox: On your new release on Palace of Worms Records *Aquellos Desgarradores Gritos LLamados Silencio*, which is actually a re-release, you have two videos. The first is a live a capella piece; the second is very dark and ambient. Would you tell us about including those on the CD?
StarVox: How did you get involved with Palace of Worms Records?
StarVox: The live footage from the *Aquellos...* CD was very dark, would you tell us about the atmosphere of your live shows?
StarVox: Some of your music sounded particularly influenced by Cocteau Twins and Siouxsie. How do you feel about being compared to these artists?
StarVox: *Aquellos...* contains some very interesting soundscape pieces like "Locus" and "Tormento". They sound like mostly processed guitar, and are very beautiful yet dark. Any comments on those?
StarVox: Another track from *Aquellos...* which grabbed my attention was "Pena", with it's almost Swans-like smashing guitar and drums. Coming off the very beautiful a capella "Duda", it's quite a contrast and blows me away every time I hear it. Where did this piece come from?
StarVox: Would you please tell us a little about getting started in Chile and moving to Mexico City?
StarVox: I've been listening to *Miedo A Morir* lately, it's very beautiful. And I just love the gray color on the CD itself.
StarVox: It was a mistake? That's funny. I love the color, it's really creamy. *Aquellos...* is very good too, very extreme and even harsh at times. You probably need to be in a more serious mood to listen to it. Come to think of it, the are very different, and it's hard to have a favorite. Would you tell us what changed the approach between these two albums?
StarVox: Right now you are recording new material, will you tell us anything about that?