In a time where it seems the pleas and hopes of the public fall on deaf ears, the arts has been a wonderful place when it comes to venting overwhelming frustration. Take Aisles, the Chilean-based act that’s been in the game for nearly a decade and has been constantly reinventing itself. The group has just released their latest single ahead of their fifth studio album, the potent and thrashing “Disobedience”.
One of the great things about the song and truthfully the group in general is its level of transparency. What you think you’ll get with a song with a title like “Disobedience” is exactly what you’ll get. The joy is just how surprising and inventive the group takes what could be just another well-worn riot song and transforms it into something one-of-a-kind and a hopeful career highlight for the band. Starting off with an extended guitar solo before moving into softer synth keys and drums that emulate a beating heart, it sounds like the kind of music that would fit right at home during the “Hoobastank” era of music, admittedly this track has more wit and grit than that band ever did. For as many disparate elements and players, there are on this track, it’s shockingly not overproduced, I’m sure thanks to the help of the producers Angelo Marini and German Vergara.
The entire behind-the-scenes technical crew in charge of the mixing and mastering is filled with nothing short of legends that have also worked with rebellious talent like Muse, Beck, and Liam Gallagher. Big props to drummer Felipe Candia who truly stands out as a riveting talent that no doubt the producing team recognized and pushed heavily to the forefront of the track. Sometimes I feel like drumming is an aspect of rock that gets severely overlooked unless they do an insane solo, but there’s something about Candia and his ability to make the song feel like a living, breathing organism. Lyrically, the song is straightforward but no less evocative thanks to the vocals of Israel Gil. He helps ground the whole song and knows how to get the most out of lines that in lesser hands might come across as self-indulgent or egregious. Lines like “Sick of every parent’s so-called wisdom/all the patterns now are dictating your life” on the surface might come across as a little too “we live in a society”, but Gil’s please feel like a descent into madness thanks to the world surrounding him.
Listen to Disobedience on Spotify. Aisles · Song · 2021.
The true heart of the song that I think may get overlooked is just how sensitive the piece is. It really calms down in the second half without losing steam, and repeated sexual imagery goes from sounds of wanting to “fuck”, to wanting to feel something and a connection with someone. Gil says “Sarah, Harry, Johnny going down” and while I’m not sure if that’s aimed at particular people or shorthand to encapsulate the population at large, but there’s a real heartbreak when Gil says “All of them forsaken by their god”. Aisles want to feel something and to make others feel as well and it’d be impossible to not with a track this good.