Lump Records: Chile indie label “in search of sounds of contemporary expression with identity and root”
Lump Records is a label based in Valparaíso, Chile with a mission to find “the sounds of contemporary expression with identity and root.” The label’s latest release, Nochi’s El Baile Del Naí (Anthropological Research), could be taken as an assured electronic project, but the label’s insistence on connecting the music to a history elevates the listening experience.
“The sound material presented in this production is a recorded directly on the ground of some indigenous communities of Talamanca, in cooperation with my research as an ethnomusicologist and anthropologist of music. Many thanks to the great contribution of Jorge Luis Acevedo Vargas from the Conservatory of Music of the University of Costa Rica for his great inspiration and work.
“Within the sound material selected in the research we compiled Cantos de Sorbón (bul), Cantos Sukias (awapa), songs of worship and some magical elements of some animals that describe characteristics and skills typical of the jungles of Talamanca such as the tapir (Naí) the gavilan (Tsai), the armadillo (Tsawaí) and the tiger (Nmú), with the aim of publicizing and promoting our varied musical and cultural manifestations of our original people, produced with much respect and admiration.”
I love the new Animales music video for latest single “Dioses” – that chorus takes me into A-ha territory in the best way. Directed by Dutch video artist Elise The, the trippy video for “Dioses” further makes the A-ha connection using clever animation to depict gods and men and how all things, even for gods, must come to an end.
The Chilean indie-pop group’s synth-heavy EP was recorded at Estudios Triana and Zen Estudios in Santiago and mastered by Tom Coyne at NYC’s Sterling Sound (Adele, Beyonce, The Weeknd). The polished sound works well for the band’s fun music – I’m excited to hear more. The new EP is out now on Spotify.
Sometimes all you need are riffs. Bagual has plenty of riffs, and they sound like they’ve been hanging out in the desert with Queens of the Stone Age. Check out more music via South American Sludge Records.
Already a big name in Chile, Gepe‘s mellow folk-pop should be in your collection as well. Check out this great profile of the Chilean artist via Remezcla, and check out his latest music video below.
“Chilean indie titan Daniel Riveros — better known as Gepe — has taken a glittering baseball bat made of sparkly electronics and smashed down every wall that stands between traditional South American folk music and contemporary pop. He’s tinkered with reggaeton, re-energized huayno, and reconstructed cumbia. His style functions like a magical lava lamp, perpetually leaving fans in a state of marvel over his amorphous, incandescent creations…The master of reinvention has flaked off layer after layer to deliver a 10-song album that is minimal and largely acoustic. The songs are so scaled back, they would be forgettable if they weren’t so catchy, and they bring out Gepe’s unvarnished ear for melody and simplicity — a side he showed audiences briefly on his solo debut Gepinto in 2005.”
I came across this great Marineros track via Club Fonograma, and I’m in love with this moody party jam. “Torbellino” (“Whirlwind”), the latest release from the Santiago, Chile duo produced by Christian Heyne and Soledad, could belong in both trendy nightclubs and my friends’ hipster apartment parties. The song perfectly captures that melancholy bliss you feel when you’re trying to dance away your problems but you can’t quite forget them.
I’m kicking myself because I just missed them when they came to Brooklyn last month. Oh well, I guess that means I’m holding out for more new music so that Marineros has to tour again.
Make sure to check out the creepy and great video for one of their other songs on their website.