Fabriccio De la Mora – Grand Unified Theories

Back in August 2020 when I started Static Sounds Club, the first band I wrote about were Par Ásito who come from Guadalajara, Mexico They combined space rock, post rock, shoegaze and a passion for space exploration into something quite unique for their album Singularity. I love that album to this day and so you imagine how happy I was to hear from Fabriccio De la Mora from the band about his new solo album.

Grand Unified Theories is De la Mora’s first solo effort. Of the album he says…

“These compositions are characterized by the spatial noise extracted from Par Ásito, with conceptual and structural details typical of my interest in astrophysics, the search for the theory of everything and its possible tonal implications.”

Now that’s what you call an intro. Let’s get into this album and see what’s what.

The opener ‘Causal Fermion Systems’ is named for an approach to describe fundamental physics. It’s a pacy and spacey ride through the cosmos. The drums lead the way with a steady pounding whilst a sci-fi keyboard motif picks out the gaps. Soon they are joined by edgy guitars providing a satisfying foil to the drum’s rhythm. The wonderfully off kilter lead guitar line completes the soundscape and we are off and running.  This is exactly what I was hoping to hear.

‘Technicolor Models’ takes the pace and volume way down and presents us with something quite different. It’s a gentle float through the universe observing the sound and listening to the song of suns and stars. A gently picked and muted guitar plays a beautiful lullaby as the various whirrs, bloops and bleeps pass our field of hearing. This is a very relaxing experience and one I will enjoy time and time again.

We are back up to pace for ‘String Theory’. Sounding like the theme tune for a lost sixties sci-fi serial TV programme this track opens with an air of familiarity. Fans of Singularity will adore this one, with its groovy aesthetic and fresh take on space rock. It’s what I’d call a palette cleanser of a track. Really fresh sounding, I can imagine a sea of bodies dancing along to this at live shows.  

At the midway point we are introduced to ‘Little Higgs’. This is a brutalist sound experiment. A heavily compressed guitar struggles to be heard through the sonic void and collapses over its own event horizon.

We head into heavy psyche territory next with ‘M-Theory’. De la Mora’s obsession with physics manifests again, the title a unifying theory in that world. This is a glorious wig out jam that transports us away on the tail of a comet, blasting through the cosmos. I love how nimble the drums are on this track. They really take the opportunity to fill every corner of the song right up until the last note.

We stay in the physics class for ‘Loop Quantum Gravity’. This is a theory that postulates that space and time are composed of finite loops all woven together. The intro has us leaping from loop to loop as the song seeks to find its feet. It isn’t long before we find our way in. Two guitars, one chiming, the other featuring the heaviest, scuzziest fuzz ever play off each other. Meanwhile the drums are off playing the most complex time signature ever, almost like jazz but good. This is such a treat, there’s so much to explore and revisit on this track.

We close out the album with ‘Causal Dynamical Triangulation’. No surprises that this is another approach that attempts to show how the spacetime fabric itself evolves. Another spacey jam with the catchiest riff being played out over his signature interstellar hyperspace soundtrack.

All I can picture when I listen to the music of Fabriccio De la Mora is barrelling through the galaxies in a rocket ship. It’s a real skill to be able to paint such vivid pictures in your listeners imaginations. For De la Mora it appears to occur so very free and easy. That’s something I really admire.

Grand Unified Theories is available now over at Bandcamp and all good streaming sites.

  1. Causal Fermion Systems
  2. Technicolor Models
  3. String Theory
  4. Little Higgs
  5. M-theory
  6. Loop Quantum Gravity
  7. Causal Dynamical Triangulation

You can follow Fabriccio De la Mora here…

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