Luján Gambina hosts Vida Calesita, which can be heard every Monday at 9pm on Radio Oreja, and writes a music blog. Every month, she recommends albums by different artists from the thriving independent music scene in Buenos Aires.
Julen y la Gente Sola
“We’re a band that plays songs” — that’s how Julen y la Gente Sola define themselves in the brief description that accompanies the online version of their self-titled debut album, released at the end of 2014. This band, hailing from Montevideo, Uruguay, flirts with rhythms such as dream or noise pop, but doesn’t commit to any of them. The priority is the song, and wherever it may want to take them. With ten tracks that talk about everyday subjects, there’s something heartbreaking about their lyrics that is somewhat concealed by the catchy tunes, but which hurts nonetheless. The album’s formula seems to lie somewhere in those catchy choruses, in the stories about lack of affection and about the deceptions of the heart and mind which they tell through Agustina’s backing vocals and bass, Marcelo’s drums and percussion, Juan Pablo’s electric guitar, and Federico’s voice, keyboards, and strings —the heart and soul of the band. Young people expressing their needs through beauty. An album to get into the Uruguayan scene which goes beyond borders.
Download the album for free here.
Las Ligas Menores
Two years after the release of their debut EP, ‘El disco suplente‘, Las Ligas Menores went back to work with record label Laptra to release their first LP. A 13-song album where they re-record some songs from that EP and add some new ones they had been playing their live performances, which are a true celebration. A moment of communion where the audience always finds the occasion to initiate a wild moshpit, a flying one, extreme heat and singing along. Punk. That’s what you get through the harmonic rhythms of Micaela García’s drums and loud electric guitars, the persistent melody of Nina Carrara’s keyboards, and the languid voices of Anabella Cartolano and María Zamtlejfer, which alternate between songs or are occasionally replaced by Pablo Kemper’s male voice. An album where punk comes through the two and a half-minute tracks, but nothing is left to chance.
Download the album here and play it out loud.
Tobogán Andaluz – Viaje de Luz
If I had to define it, I would be bold enough to say that Tobogán Andaluz is synonym with the indie scene in Buenos Aires. The band, headed by Facu Tobogán, has been part of this scene since 2010, persistent and restlessly. In 2012 they launched their first studio album, Viaje de Luz. The trio that recorded that album had Federico Dopazo playing bass, Marina Huberman in drums, and of course Facu’s penetrating voice and sober strings —he is also the tracks’ composer and alchemist. And even though there is a history before and after this album, these ten songs don’t disappoint. Three-minute hits that destroy any mask, the energy is recharged song after song and the album is a must in the bedroom of any music lover. This album is the first step into the fascinating world of the independent scene and of Facu Tobogán’s solid and convincing proposal.
Get onto this ‘journey of light’ by downloading the album here.