Low Dream: Brazilian shoegaze greats finally comes to streaming
Low Dream, one of the best Brazilian shoegaze bands you’ve probably never heard of, is finally on streaming services. My personal favorite is their second record, ‘Reaching for Balloons,’ which best captures the band’s love of Jaguar guitars, lust, and the Velvet Underground.
From Midsummer Madness:
“The two albums, the first demo and a compilation of extras [are] re-released for streaming platforms. Available in digital format here in mmrecords since 2001, ‘Dreamland’ (the demo), ‘Between My Dreams & the Real Things’ (1st album), ‘Reaching for Balloons’ (2nd album) and the compilation ‘Soundscapes'”
El Mató a un Policía Motorizado: “think Dinosaur Jr. showing you their sensitive side.”
For over 14 years, El Mató a un Policía Motorizado has been one of Argentina’s most beloved indie bands. If you care at all about indie rock, the band’s guitar-leaning DIY sound fits right at home here with all the other guitar bands in Brooklyn (this is a compliment, too!). According to Dance To The Radio, the band will release a new album soon, and you can hear the new single below.
Last year, Bandcamp Daily did a profile on the La Plata band – Evy Duskey’s description “think Dinosaur Jr. showing you their sensitive side” is spot on.
Centavrvs: “the (Mexican) salsa movement of the ’70s, but as if mixed in the future”.
Mexico’s highly popular group Centavrvs mixes the past salsa sounds of the ’70s with modern rock and pop instrumentation.
“[Centavrvs] explored the idea of combining traditional and modern local sounds. With the celebrations of the centenary of the Mexican Revolution as their pretext, Centavrvs started their own story with this mix of past, present and future…If you want to know how modern Mexican music sounds, Centavrvs is definitively the right choice.”
‘Sampieri & GMC’: blissed-out psychedelic free folk from Argentina
I’ve recently discovered the wonderful Pakapi Records, an Argentina-based label that focuses on promoting South American artists. The standout for me so far is this 2015 collaboration between Sebastian Sampieri (Sampieri) and Guillermo M. Cerredo (GMC). ‘Sampieri & GMC,’ when you’re in the right mindset, is a blissed-out collage of psychedelic free folk.
“This new lysergic adventure is a blunt split plagued by experimental music, sampledelia, electronic and acoustic sounds, synthesizing a cross of folcklore, tribal mantras to pure electronic and a narcotic and descriptive shared collage.”
‘Sampieri & GMC’/Pakapi Records: Bandcamp Facebook
Anti-Corpos: feminist lesbian hardcore via São Paulo
The original goal of a genre like hardcore punk has always been to change things, fight injustices, and give a voice to those who are oppressed. However, it feels like with time, the hardcore scene has become a niche built for white males, with many live shows turning into a gym for violent people, a phenomenon that has inevitably pushed others away from the scene and from its great potential. It’s in this context that the importance of Anti-Corpos, who define themselves a feminist lesbian hardcore band, becomes evident. They epitomize the original spirit of hardcore.
Anti-Corpos are from São Paulo, Brazil, and they might be the angriest band you’ll ever hear. No triggered double-kicks, pompous guitar riffs, or carefully faked screams. Only real and necessary anger. Their urgency is evident in the strident vocals of singer Rebeca Domiciano: she needs to scream and to get things off her chest. It feels like her voice, while refusing to precisely follow her band mates fast-paced tempos, can actually make a difference.
Their latest full-length, released in 2015, is a great example of political hardcore. It’s titled ‘Forma Prática de Luta’ (‘Practical Way Of Fighting’) and contains eight short and intense tracks that talk about police brutality, patriarchal abuse, and finding ways to resist to any kind of oppression. The lyrics are in Portuguese, but they barely need to be translated, seeing how energetic and heartfelt everything sounds. In their live shows, this anger is even amplified while male chauvinist violence is not tolerated. It’s what hardcore should simply be like, now more than ever.
Cienfue: “a smoke-filled tour of eighties influences and tropical neon leisure rays”
Cienfue is a Panama artist who makes the perfect beach music for college-me who used to go somewhere warm for spring break.
“‘Mounstro’ comes from collaborations between Rasta Lloyd, a prolific urban reggae producer in Panama, Makako and Cienfue. Cienfue’s fourth full-length studio album is a smoke-filled tour of eighties influences and tropical neon leisure rays.”
Morada de Pájaros: Latin Folk for all you romantics
I’m a sucker for any sad accordion waltz played with delicate piano and mournful vocals. Well played, Morada de Pájaros.
Alvaro Lancellotti: a slow and distorted take on Afro-Brazilian and samba
Alvaro Lancellotti‘s slow and distorted take on Afro-Brazilian and samba caught me off guard – I was expecting acoustic singer-songwriter, but I ended up with something that sounded more like Tinariwen.
The Islingtons: For fans of Modest Mouse and Elbow
The Islingtons remind me of Modest Mouse in its salty and lonesome guitars and Elbow in its booming vocals. This album would go well with some body of water and bad memories.
Shika Shika: fostering global collaboration between artists across continents
From Bandcamp bio:
“Shika Shika is a record label without owners for music without borders. We want to bring together producers from around the world exploring the line between organic and electronic music. The platform aims to foster global collaboration between artists, designers, videographers, product designers and creative minds across continents.”
And a full statement on the label’s latest release ‘Mare Insularum’:
“Today marks the dawn of a new era in the politics world and 2016 saw monumental shifts in how the world is shaping up for the future. Inspired by an atmosphere of desperation, frustration and a lack of hope we went to music to seek solace, inspiration and a reminder of the incredible things humans are able to do if they are open minded, work together, cross borders and get creative.
Mare Insularum translates as Sea of Islands and also the name of one of the many lunar seas. In line with Shika Shika’s vision, the album not only showcases music that is blurring borders and genres, seeking inspiration from past and present, but also music that offers hope, escape, inspiration.
We believe in the power of music and we believe in the power of collaboration. Despite the shift in the white house and the apparent slide into a dangerous new world, at Shika Shika we also believe 2017 is going to be a year of resistance and of hope.
We want to say thanks to all the artists for contributing new tracks, edits and pieces directly written for this compilation.”