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Hello, friends of La La Lista. We’re back with another exciting edition of our Monthly Music Roundup for May 2023! As we navigate the choppy waters of Argentina’s inflationary woes and feel the crisp autumn air rolling in, there’s one thing we can always count on: the unwavering brilliance of Argentina’s independent music scene.
Each month, our intrepid La La Lista Music Staff comes together to scour the local independent scene for the most compelling and recent tracks. Once we’ve unearthed these auditory treasures, we wrap them up in a vibrant, adjective-rich list, tailor-made just for your listening pleasure!
For May, we’ve handpicked an enticing array of musical delights that beautifully capture the spirit and versatility of the Argentine music scene. From punky bangers to soul-stirring ballads and boundary-pushing experimental stuff, there’s something for everyone in this month’s roundup.
So, grab your headphones and prepare to embark on a mesmerizing journey through the enchanting landscape of Argentine independent music. And remember, we do this fairly often, so don’t hesitate to explore our past roundups for even more auditory gems.
If you’re an artist with a hot-off-the-press release that you believe deserves our ears, reach out to us on Instagram or shoot an email to email@example.com. While we can’t guarantee your track will make the cut, rest assured we’ll give it a listen with eager ears and open hearts.
Now, without further ado, let’s plunge into the captivating sounds of May 2023’s Monthly Music Roundup!
Anna Planeta – “Canción Para los Días Tristes II”
Navigating through the fluid dreamscape of “Canción Para Los Días Tristes II,” one is met with a kind of quiet, meditative beauty that is signature to Anna Planeta’s artistry. This post-rock composition stirs the soul, opening like a thoughtfully penned letter that unfolds in its own pace, recounting tales of melancholy through the language of sound.
The track is framed by layers of subtly evolving guitar lines, each elegantly weaving into the next, forming a tapestry rich in sonic texture. Reverberating throughout, the guitar work is complemented by the ethereal hum of swirly synth sounds that ripple through the air, lending the composition an otherworldly ambiance. Each element, from the interlacing guitar patterns to the atmospheric synth, converges to create a sense of weightless suspension, as though adrift mid-air in a dream.
Where its predecessor “Canción Para Los Días Tristes I” progressed into a more upbeat rhythm, this sequel remains afloat in its own nebulous realm, ethereal and ambient from start to finish. The entire composition immerses listeners in a tender exploration of melancholy, with musical motifs echoing and dissolving into the sonic horizon like whispered secrets. Even in its quietude, “Canción Para Los Días Tristes II” possesses a captivating allure that beckons listeners to surrender to its evocative soundscape time and again. As the final note fades, the desire to revisit Anna Planeta’s aural labyrinth persists, affirming the enduring allure of this entrancing musical creation.
Chechi de Marcos – “Otro Plan”
Entre Rios native Chechi de Marcos is an artist who effortlessly merges emotional resonance with melodic pop. Following her impressive 2022 album, Cecilia, which rightfully earned a spot on our list of the best Argentine albums of the year, de Marcos returns with the invigorating single “Otro Plan,” produced by Nicolás Btesh.
“Otro Plan” is a vibrant, bubbly pop tune that irresistibly draws you into its captivating choruses. However, beneath the effervescent melody lies a narrative of resilience, rebirth, and self-reinvention. It’s a testament to de Marcos’ talent that she can craft a song that, on the surface, is infectiously catchy, but at its core, carries a profound message about grappling with life’s lows and finding the strength within oneself to rise again.
The musician herself refers to “Otro Plan” as a song that’s both melancholic and hopeful, reflecting on her acceptance of the world and the things beyond her control. It’s a sonic journey into her innermost self as she navigates her fears, seeks to make sense of the incomprehensible, and ultimately finds solace in self-love. This understanding of the song’s deeper meaning adds another layer to the already rich and nuanced composition.
With “Otro Plan,” Chechi de Marcos proves once again that she’s a master of her craft, capable of creating music that’s not only melodically enchanting but also emotionally significant. The song beautifully encapsulates the journey of self-discovery and reinvention, showcasing her unique ability to transform personal experiences into universal anthems.
Dum Chica – “Terremoto”
Dum Chica has carved a niche for themselves with their distinctive, raw energy. Originally a duo, the band expanded to a trio to enhance their live performances, which quickly gained a reputation for being a potent, visceral experience. Their song “Terremoto” has quickly turned into their signature tune. Released first as a single and then as part of their 2023 album DUM, is a prime example of their high-octane sound.
“Terremoto” is a propulsive, bass-driven track that embodies the spirit of garage rock. It pays homage to the genre’s roots in the 1960s while incorporating a punk rock edge. The song’s defiant attitude is palpable, infused with sneering vocals that perfectly encapsulate Dum Chica’s audacious style. It’s a testament to the trio’s ability to channel generational rage into a potent sonic force, blending irony and poetic irreverence with incendiary intensity.
Comprised of Lucila Storino, Juana Gallardo, and Ramiro Pampin, Dum Chica commands a fierce, expansive energy that engulfs everything in its path. With just voice, bass, and drums, the trio has managed to distill a raw, uncompromising sound that resonates with listeners. From nerve-racking vocals to adrenaline-fueled rhythms, “Terremoto” is a full-throttle ride, merging chilling whispers and guttural screams into a seamless, metallic cacophony. It’s an intriguing mix of protopunk and dystopian aesthetics, demonstrating the band’s ability to push boundaries and explore new sonic territories. “Terremoto” is, quite simply, a musical force to be reckoned with.
Garbage People – “Elprincipiodelfin”
“Elprincipiodelfin,” one of the latest offerings from noise rock ensemble Garbage People, showcases the band’s exceptional musicianship in a succinct, guitar-driven track featured on their recent EP, Dma. The song kicks off with a groovy and unapologetically defiant guitar riff, demonstrating the band’s ability to keep things simple while still delivering a well-rounded and robust sound.
The vocals, characterized by their muffled, reverb-soaked quality, evoke a My Bloody Valentine-esque ambience throughout the nearly four-minute composition. As the intensity escalates, a hypnotic, repeating guitar phrase is accompanied by distorted guitar drones that gradually seep into the mix. The inclusion of reversed sounds of shattering glass further accentuates the track’s chaotic nature, perfectly encapsulating the loud and tumultuous essence of noise rock.
For fans of the genre, “Elprincipiodelfin” serves as an irresistible invitation to explore the entirety of Garbage People’s Dma EP. Those who heed the call and dive into this cacophonous sonic landscape will undoubtedly find their eardrums grateful for the exhilarating auditory adventure.
María Pien – “Un Minuto”
María Pien is one of our favorite musicians in the Argentinian music scene. With three impressive solo albums under her belt and her excellent work with the group Ruiseñora, Pien’s musical prowess is undeniable. One of her most recent releases is “Un Minuto,” the first single from her fourth solo album titled Recordar / Volver a Pasar. It carries forward the emotive psychedelia sound and audio-collage production style that she’s been finessing since her 2017 Tres Poemas EP.
“Un Minuto” is a beautifully poignant ballad about the small, fleeting moments of remembrance and the desire to hold onto memories. Its lyrics paint a vivid picture of regret over time wasted, longing for moments that could have been spent with a departed loved one, and lamenting over petty disputes. The song’s guitar-based melody exudes a sweet, ethereal, yet palpable quality, perfectly echoing the introspective theme of the track.
Recordar / Volver a Pasar is a testament to Pien’s ability to use music as a mirror for our emotions, reflecting experiences and feelings that are deeply personal yet strikingly universal. This album is nothing short of exquisite, displaying Pien’s continued evolution as an artist. It can be purchased on María Pien’s website, promising listeners an immersive journey into her world of soulful melodies and evocative lyrics. “Un Minuto” is a gentle reminder of the fleeting nature of time, encouraging us to cherish our loved ones and the moments we share with them.
Nenagenix – “Pulso”
Since bursting onto the scene, Nenagenix have consistently captivated audiences and piqued curiosity with their unique sound. Fusing emo, shoegaze, and dream-pop, the band delivers impeccably tight compositions, resulting in a formidable wall of sound that would effortlessly serve as the perfect soundtrack to an edgy, alternative film featuring lovelorn teenagers on a quest for meaning in a bewildering world.
Nenagenix masterfully strikes a balance between emotive passion and biting intensity. Their latest release, “Pulso,” is an unstoppable sonic force that propels the listener headlong into infectious, hum-worthy pop choruses. The supporting instrumentation is anchored by punk-infused percussion and bass, both of which pack a substantial punch. Crisp, distorted guitar riffs offer a welcome respite in the verses, only to be followed by an explosion of haunting, reverb-laden background vocals that seamlessly bind the entire piece together.
However, it’s the extraordinary lead vocalist that truly sets Nenagenix apart from the competition. Possessing a voice that can only be described as otherworldly, the vocalist captivates listeners and holds their attention from the first note to the last. It’s this mesmerizing quality that makes Nenagenix’s music not just loud and chaotic, but also tightly executed and a testament to the band’s exceptional musicianship. With “Pulso,” Nenagenix has once again proven their ability to create an immersive sonic experience that leaves a lasting impression on all who grapple with its jagged contours.
Sakatumba – “Chica Gotika”
With their debut full-length album Puro Teatro, Sakatumba has indeed made a bold entrance into the Argentinian alternative rock scene. One track, in particular, “Chica Gotika,” showcases the band’s ability to seamlessly integrate elements of post-punk, psychedelia, and theatricality into their distinct sound, proving that they are not merely spectators in the vast theatre of Argentine rock.
“Chica Gotika” is a vibrant confluence of sonic elements, each one daringly eccentric yet intricately balanced within the composition. The song’s vibrant guitars and distorted drums create a mesmerizing soundscape that is both urgent and haunting. Amidst this sonic maelstrom, a sultry saxophone emerges, cutting through the cacophony like a beacon, lending an unexpected otherworldly quality to the song. The breathless vocals, reminiscent of bands like Blonde Redhead and Sonic Youth, further amplify the song’s compellingly enigmatic aura.
With this song, Sakatumba carves out a unique niche with their defiantly subterranean sound. Their music echoes the emotional and cultural climate of a post-pandemic world, merging desolate poetics and contrasting rhythms to invite listeners into a somber dance. In “Chica Gotika,” the band captures the essence of their artistry, unveiling a sonic experience that teeters on the brink of chaos and order, darkness and light – a wild ride that is as thrilling as it is thought-provoking.
Mariana Michi, Tweety Gonzalez – “Quienes Quieran Se Quedan”
In their latest collaboration, “Quienes Quieran Se Quedan,” Mariana Michi and Tweety Gonzalez reveal an exquisite tapestry of sounds, offering a rich sensory experience that resonates with the eclectic, avant-garde pop we’ve come to associate with each artist. This song follows their earlier collaboration, “Muchacho,” and it’s clear the duo has harnessed their synergistic energies to even greater effect this time around.
Tweety Gonzalez is a revered figure in Argentine music, dating back to his days as the touring keyboardist for Soda Stereo. His journey then evolved into becoming an integral music producer and a significant supporter of the local music scene. Mariana Michi, meanwhile, a beloved artist in her own right, has graced the music world with her distinctive brand of whimsical pop and her work with power-trio Mugre.
“Quienes Quieran Se Quedan” unfurls with a haunting piano line that provides a compelling intro, setting the stage for a blend of synthesized and organic rhythms that fill the soundscape. Michi’s impassioned vocals take center stage in this musical labyrinth, navigating through beats and unusual musical elements that layer upon one another to create a lush, intricate composition. The mix also incorporates elements reminiscent of Middle Eastern music, contributing to the song’s mesmerizing allure.
“Quienes Quieran Se Quedan” emerges as a dark, theatrical piece, showcasing both Michi’s and Gonzalez’s adeptness in arrangement and production techniques. It’s a captivating sonic journey that transports the listener into a world that’s at once eerily familiar and exotically different. The rich musicality and profound artistic expression displayed in this track underscore the artists’ unique approach to their craft, making “Quienes Quieran Se Quedan” an intriguing addition to their repertoire.
Vicente Colombo – “Si Te Veo Te Cago a Piñas”
Straight from the Zona Oeste of Greater Buenos Aires, the band Vicente Colombo brings an intriguing mix of charisma and honesty to the indie rock scene. One such offering is the vibrant track “Si Te Veo Te Cago a Piñas,” which translates loosely as “if I see you, I’ll beat the shit out of you.” The title alone piqued our curiosity, compelling us to delve deeper, and thankfully, the substance of the song does not disappoint.
“Si Te Veo Te Cago a Piñas” is an engaging indie-rock composition that closes out the band’s album Para: Miriam. Despite its assertive title, the song carries an upbeat and catchy rhythm that effortlessly strikes a chord with the listener. A distinctive slide guitar and enchanting keyboard lines add layers of complexity to the choruses, cultivating an irresistible auditory allure. The song further captivates with an infectious bass line that navigates the entire piece, stitching together the upbeat melody with the slightly melancholic undertones reminiscent of the twee-pop sound of the Sarah Music artists of the 80s and 90s.
A significant part of the song’s real charm lies in its lyricism, which pick through the bones of a relationship that went awry, adding depth to the buoyant melodies. The lyrics probe into the painful process of pinpointing when exactly things fell apart. As the song approaches its end, it escalates into a powerful refrain, “vos nunca me entendes, vos nunca me entendiste.” These words, echoed against a backdrop of guitar distortion, strike a profound and emotional note, making “Si Te Veo Te Cago a Piñas” a song of compelling paradoxes – catchy yet melancholic, assertive yet introspective.