“The right time was yesterday.” If you listen closely, you can hear Mario Giancarlo Garibaldi recite it as he gears up to release “Cul de Sac,” HUNTER OF THE ALPS first single in years. In other words, yesterday is now.
As a veteran of the Miami indie alternative scene and such bands as MODERNAGE, HUNTERS OF THE ALPS, and PRIVATE SCHOOL, the time has come to venture off and explore on this own. The previous incarnation of HUNTERS OF THE ALPS, a musical collaboration project kickstarted in 2012 with Jorge —, there was modest success over the years in both South and North America. The vehicle now stands as Mario’s solo project, one that will allow him to revel in familiar territory but also let him navigate and showcase sounds of his childhood, his native Peru, and obsessions gathered up during the last decade.
Having also experienced success as part of the post-punk 00s band MODERNAGE, Garibaldi is now content laying back and letting all those inspirations, childhood heroes, and niche deep dives take over the blend of music as HUNTERS OF THE ALPS. As the nephew of one of the most renowned Peruvian songwriters Jose Escajadillo, the proximity to emotion and deliverance, the continued drive to learn and absorb, make this rebirth of HUNTERS OF THE ALPS an exciting second act. Gone are the compromises, the self-doubt, the hesitations. Here we have a bilingual artist proud of his roots, proud of his trajectory, eager to explore and connect and let loose.
“Cul De Sac” is the first single of a series of songs to be released in 2020 by LA’s boutique powerhouse Cosmica Records. The song is a dreamy, fluid, laid back pop new wave with a clear message: “I want you to touch me while we are dancing.” It’s an ethereal yet bouncy first single that inveterately connects with the desire to be felt and to be appreciated. Produced and arranged by Miami’s Firstworld, “Cul De Sac” is accompanied by a music video shot and directed by LA filmmaker Camila Saldarriaga during the early days of the 2020 pandemic. For the music promo video, the multi-talented actress Veronica Osorio portrays a confused muse. Artwork was provided by Peruvian artist Yerko Zlatar who has been instrumental in illustrating design for legendary Peruvian label Infopesa.