Praise for the debut album, Follow Me:
Montropo‘s recently released debut LP, "Follow Me,” is chock full of well-crafted, beautifully arranged songs...songs like “Brother, Stay,” and “A Woman So Kind” Montropo tackle well-tread motifs with an earnest rosiness, all backed by catchy jangly pop and tasteful string arrangements...he’s yet to achieve the exposure he deserves.
This folk-pop collection is impeccably played and crafted.
- The Marquee
Click play… and smile.
With a style that blends Spanish-influenced guitar with the sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, Montropo crafts memorable songs that span the range of folk and rock music.
Andrés Diaz, lead singer and guitarist, began playing music at just eleven years old, borrowing his sister's guitar in Temple, TX where he was born. He spent time studying guitar performance at UT Austin before moving to Denver in the mid-2000s. Diaz then spent two years writing, refining and recording the songs on Montropo's debut album, "Follow Me" (2015), which was recorded at Silo Sound and Consonance Productions.
Montropo's music isn't just a time capsule of 60s and 70s music, it's a fresh synthesis of ideas. The gentle waltz of "A Woman so Kind" calls up the kind of meditation that you find in The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood", while "Cathedral" demonstrates Diaz's classical influence with haunting, intricate guitar work. Throughout the album, he expresses himself not just with his guitar but also his voice, a vulnerable tenor matched with melodies and harmonies that stick with you long after you hear them.
Montropo's music explores a range of feelings and ideas, from the surreal, dreamy spiritual loss of album opener "Follow Me" to the uplifting solidarity of "Brother, Stay".
The band's name originated as a character in a short story Diaz wrote. Later, he noticed you could read Montropo as meaning "my turn" or "my change", combining the French word "mon" ("my") and Greek prefix "tropo" ("change", "reaction", or "turn").
After releasing Follow Me, Diaz put together a band, collaborating with Josh Fuson (drums) and Jordan Roos (bass) to create energetic live performances, including a featured performance at Denver's Underground Music Showcase in 2016 that packed Gary Lee's Motor Club with an enthusiastic audience dancing along.
Montropo continues to push into original territory with their music. The band is actively writing new songs that incorporate a diversity of influences, including Diaz's ongoing fascination with the powerful, poetic music of latin american folk artist Victor Jara.
With music that draws listeners into its original blend of classical and pop sounds, Montropo is offering something fresh and exciting.