“Fuu” is the first full-length album by the Costa Rica-based band Hongo Fuu. Fusion and experimentation are where the album is rooted; as a catalyst of the insights from each of the band’s four members, “Fuu” is the final product of this “ontology of becoming” alchemical process. It’s a manifestation from melding their diverse individual cosmic visions, poured into a 12-track album with lyrics in Spanish, English, German, and Latin text quotations, defying music genres’ labels into more experimental and visceral approach music.
This album comes from experimentation and goes into jazz, rock, surf, metal, dance, Americana, drone, stoner, and folk music. “Fuu” is a genre-breaking remembrance of what used to be known as “alternative metal”, but from a Costa Rican’s Tropical-Hell revisited. Both melodic and dark, Hongo Fuu presents a complex yet dark-humorous and ironic self-referencing painting. Musically, conceptually and visually, “Fuu” is a descending trip to the depths of the self, its contradictions, its moody waves, its diversity…
The tracks represent the spirit laying behind the Japanese fuu, “the way”, its dual meaning. Fuu is the blend of the communion of spirits.
The album was entirely produced by the band and includes some voice, synths, marimba, and piano collaborations from selected Costa Rican artists, musicians from such varied bands as Erth (progressive jazz-rock), Alastor Sanguinary Embryo (black metal), the Costa Rican Philharmonic Orchestra, and others.
Félix Arburola (guitars, vocals)
Guillermo Meneses (bass, vocals)
Héctor Romero (guitars, vocals)
Ariel Uzaga (drums, vocals)