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Stream//Javiera Mena “Otra Era”

By / October 15, 2014  

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We have tried our best to reserve judgment as we would never want to question the pop-genius Javiera Mena as the countdown to her third album is getting closer. Yet there was a bit of a tart taste from first single Espada and while La Joya did well to qualm any doubts, it still remains a mystery whether our massive self-imposed expectations would pan out. But as i stated earlier Javiera is a genius and Otra Era is a perfect way to kill any doubters or nay-sayers. Otra Era fluctuates between the disco prowess of Mena’ and the slow-burning pop of Esquemas Juveniles. Javiera Mena transitions sonic spaces, in and out of the soft disc0-keys and into bursting synth-movements pushing and retracting using her voice as lever, just like in other hits Luz De Piedra de Luna and Aca Entera, Javiera  hits all the right buttons. Check it out below and check out the rest of tracklist for “Otra Era” due out October

 

1.-Los olores de tu alma
2.-Otra era
3.-Esa fuerza
4.-Sincronía, pegaso
5.-Pide
6.-La joya
7.-Que me tome la noche
8.-La carretera
9.-Quédate un ratito más
10.-Espada

Film Preview//Latino Showcase at DIFF

By / April 1, 2014  

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It’s that time of year again, The Dallas International Film Festival returns,running from April 3 to April 13.Always impressive for its stellar roster of Latin-American films that make up it’s programming. (more…)

MP3//Ases Falsos “Simetrìa”

By / March 27, 2014  

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After wrapping up the two year album cycle of the phenomenal and generational shifting album Juventud Americana with a unforgettable performance at All My Friends Fest last november, the giants of South-American rock Ases Falsos have returned with their first cut off the new album Conducción which is for release later this year. (more…)

Album Review: Astro////Astro

By / September 7, 2012  

Many in Ibero-American Circles were first introduced to Astro via Maestro distortion, an explosive introduction of international proportions.  The reverberation of that song was big in South-America, perhaps I underestimated or fully didn’t understand how big until I was in Barcelona this summer for Primavera Sound, one of the biggest stage Astro has graced(for the moment) and EVERYONE who was in attendance for Astro’s set every lyric to the song, it was at that moment when I realized the song had transcended from blogger favorite to a full fledge Latin-Indie Classic.

So naturally, when it came down for Astro to create their first full-album the expectations were a dad bit higher for the wild-boys of Chilean music scene. But as we have grown accustomed, Chileans always bring the goods.The album was first released for Chilean audience in 2011 but now has found a home in the United States being picked up by Latin-Alternative Record Label Nacional Records with this release and the earlier release of Alex Anwandter’s Rebeldes (instant classic) it seems the lovable Chileans are finally invading the United States on a larger-scale and in the process  Nacional Records roster has become even more eclectic(I didn’t think that was possible). Astro’s self-titled debut album is an inviting introduction for the American audience.  I’m sure hoping people will latch on to Astro’s and Chile’s generally awesomeness, hopefully leading  to more Chilean Music played at parties, more people saying Cachai and Chilean indie-babes magically appearing out of nowhere in our fine city(ok, the  last one went a little overboard).

Leading track Ciervos takes you on a run though an exotic selva in search of enlightenment-bouncing keyboards slowly elevate into the indie-rock riffs, bright shades of electronics and pounding drums, Astro innocently ponders questions of life and religion asking what would happen if  we asked Hindu god “Vishnu” to protect us, Dancing  with god or what it would feel simply dissolve of everything, run with arms opens,eyes closed and embrace the world as it. “¿Y que pasa si corro con los ojos cerrados? Con los brazos abiertos abrazando al mundo”

Coco reaches into some Ragatron range of psychedelic with lighting quick space-rock riffs, an electrifying chant of “dale coco dale coco” propels you way above over-drive as you  are entranced in the three fastest minutes of your life(then you repeat cause your like what the hell just happened?). Columbo navigates into a more shimmering  very danceable 80’s Electro-Pop terrain showcasing lead-singer’s Andrés Nusser’s charm, vocal talents and rabid enthusiasm with a fun as hell chorus “Hey na na hey na na”(How freaking catchy is that!) while lyrics gets more even trippy with dancing rabbits. In Panda,the synth and volume are cranked up as Astro pitches  their most complete song of the album finding an equilibrium between light inducing electronic arrangements, pop-minded vocals and that  savage-like intensity that has become fundamental trait of the group. As the album marches on at a feverish pace, the band slows down to explore a more delicate side of their persona in Manglares and Volteratas. 

We will immediately(perhaps way to easily) try to add this South-American MGMT tag to Astro for sake of making easy on our friends to catch our drift. For me that simply doesn’t serve them justice(although it’s not a totally bad thing). Do they have shades of Mgmt? Sure. El Guincho. You Betcha. Yet, the more you listen the more the Astro the more their own individualistic sound is recognizable.  It’s  a sound marked with nomadic unpretentious, youthful exuberance, grand imagination and supreme technical ability. These are the characteristics  that will propel Astro high above those taglines

Astro is a breath of fresh air in the Latin-American Scene. A break from the crooners,”rebels” and bores(Senor Larregui) . Astro is less concerned about creating some unifying band identity and more concerned with evoking sensations. Astro places you inside their vibrant landscapes where you too become the  protagonist, free to do whatever the hell you want. Jump in the pool? Yes. Run with purple bunnies? Why they hell not? Because in Astro’s neon colored world of tropical birds,red bananas and green water living is not a drag but rather a celebration. So let’s escape this painfully grey life and step into Astro’s world(bring the shrooms and chips while you’re at it).

Video///Dënver “Los Bikers”

By / November 27, 2011  

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I along with many in the Latin-Indie world are still not over Música, gramática, gimnasia.(why would we?) The Chilean duo debuted their new video for the song “los bikers” on Club Fonograma. Granted, I’m not a film critic, i still know when i see beauty, this video is simply that. Beautiful, filmed inside a museum the video showcases emotional displays of masculinity.The song was already heartbreaking ear candy and the visuals are equally dramatic, every frame is full of intensity many of which come from sexual display’s, so be weary of watching it at work.

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