Abe Dunovits on ‘Taco Belle’ and music in a multicultural landscape

Lyrics by Ben Lamb

Argentinian-Australian musical maestro Abe Dunovits has been a fixture on the Australian music scene for several years now.

Dunovits tends to wow fans with their unique styles and distinctly original works. His music brings influences beyond audio form, experiences, relationships, and the outside world, all of which are important elements of his writing. For his new album Beautiful Tacos, the artist gives us a glimpse of it all.

“I like to take in a lot of stuff,” says Abe. “I like to think about what’s next, like what will life be like after COVID? It’s a lot of thinking about that stuff.

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“Some of the songs, I don’t sing them as a character, but as myself, for example I have a daughter, she’s 26, I also sing the songs to her in a certain way.”

Over the past few years of lockdown, social unrest and conflict, many have found solace in music, helping to process their emotions and find connections. The same catharsis can be found through Abe’s music, not just for the audience to deal with emotions, but for the performer themselves.

“I’m hopeful, hope is the only thing that gets us through life,” he continues. “TacoBelle is part of a trilogy of feelings, the 2020 release was sad when my dad died, the 2021 release was scary, and this one is all about love.

The songs you will hear on TacoBelle have meanings that go beyond the lyrics and instrumentation, with Abe noting that the songs are circular, giving the output a semblance of symmetry.

“I call them circular songs, because they’re sort of like a mantra, and hypnotic in some ways, because they repeat, in cycles.”

Abe has a dedication to music unlike many others, with the first recording not being the finished product, but rather something to sit with and consider, and lean on over time.

“This album was originally all mandolin and vocals,” adds Abe. “Then I started adding bits and they eventually became what they are today. The mandolin keeps a certain texture for all the songs that I really like.

TacoBelle also sees Dunovits’ journey away from the rockier, more danceable tracks of years past, towards something more self-reflective.

“It’s kind of new to me, I usually write very rhythmic and dance music, but this album is a reflection, and maybe not so much for that kind of thing.

“But there are few rock songs out there,” Abe adds with a laugh.

TacoBelle is the third release from Dunovits in the past three years, and as previously stated, this has formed a trilogy. Not something that was planned at all, but just happening as a result of the trip Abe is on.

“It all happened like that,” he says. “It’s a process, it’s just always trying to find paths that I go through. It’s just me, but it’s not about being selfish or egotistical, it’s just about coming into self.

An important element of Abe’s trilogy is his legacy. Originally from Argentina, he often includes his mother tongue Spanish in his music. The international flavor continues on its bandmates, with members hailing from all corners of the Earth.

“We live in a multicultural country, I grew up with that too, the multiethnic kind of Argentina too. I think that’s just a reality, and it’s great to reflect that in what I do.

TacoBelle will be released on Bandcamp on April 15 and on all other platforms on April 30. More information here.

In partnership with Abe Dunovits.

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