When Javier Hernando’s Quebrantos came out last week, I was intrigued as I always am with a con-v release. I’m not going to pretend I heard about Hernando before, but apparently he was involved in the Spanish underground electronic scene back in the early 1980s. He cofounded the cassette label Ortega y Cassette and released his own untitled work there under the moniker of Melodinamika Sensor. Given the power of the internet, I was able to find a copy of Hernando’s 1983 work and give it a listen. How good is it? I’m dumbfounded. Take a moment of your time and dig this one up from the internet — the boy was ahead of his time.
Fast forward almost 30 years with two albums in between and Hernando is still doing interesting things, but that shouldn’t be surprising given the quality of con-v’s releases. Quebrantos is part ambient and experimental with a dash of noise added for taste.. I found that the journey Hernando takes us on is never boring and never predictable, which if you have read any of these reviews is pretty much a requirement for me liking any album.