Every so often I explore the hell out of one particular yet random country. A few months ago I set my sights on our southern neighbor, Mexico, and became enamored by the experimental nature of Le Daniel San.
After my research fell flat due to the fact that their record label, Sir Francis Records, and all things related to it went inactive I figured Le Daniel San was done as well. It was a great surprise when a couple of months later the artist’s girlfriend messaged me on tumblr all sorts of excited on my discovery and feature of their music.
Long story short, SFR has gone kaput but, Liz and her beau Eduardo Diaz (Le Daniel San) created a new indie-pop label called Two Carnations Records.With a label to distribute the music they love, the two also have a fanzine called Kill People You Like!Check out their main website for more info and get in on the cause – they need monetary help to distribute their 2nd issue and also a 7”!
Don’t miss their recently released compilation from various international artists just waiting to be heard, you’ll surely enjoy.
Yellow Yesterday seem to capture entirely everything I was looking for during my recent hunt for indie Mexican music. They’ve got a familiar thread in terms of sound, yet completely pull from the country’s traditional folk-style. The group’s album, #2, is a fabulous blend and look into what’s going on in their music scene. This is definitely a band I’d love to keep tracking.
And check out how calm and collected their female drummer is (and the rest of the band, really) in their live video performance of, “Mi Papel,” below.
I knew from just seeing the album art that this quick EP had potential to simply get weird. And with a name such as Seaworld, there’s really not much information that’s accessible.
What I do know is that TP is full of glitchy fuzz-pop that rides a fine line between 8-bit and experimental electronica. You know me, I live for this sort of audio stimulation. I’m also fascinated with the track titled, “Delaware,” (why?).
Can’t hate a free download y’all. Check out some older work as well.
I love the slow, psychedelic music that Le Daniel Sanseems to effortlessly produce. With broken links to his label’s official site, and a Facebook page that hasn’t been used since February, we’re mostly left to our own devices to figure out who exactly is this experimentalist.
Track, “What do you want from me,” has haunting samples and droning vocals that lay in the background with repetitive drum loops and chimes. I really enjoy the mystery that surrounds this artist and their music.
Sir Francis Records may be buried somewhere in the Mexican music scene at this point, but you can check out the rest of their short-lived releases here. There’s definitely a couple of gems just waiting to be heard.
I first found Positron deep within the pages and pages under the tag “Mexico” and was immediately struck with his beautiful and cinematic style, especially apparent in his track, “Protofields.”
Extending my research further, I then found this beautiful gem of a video featuring Antonio Isaac (aka Positron) playing a rare version of the song on a Buchla 200e Custom System. It’s amazing (and interesting) to watch him do all of the live patching. Incredible really.
Watch the video and grab the track below, you won’t be disappointed.
Harry Caine, a Mexican beatsmith, has got that nu-jazz downtempo flow I absolutely adore. I can’t get enough of that fluttering synth in his track, “Strawberries,” off his recently dropped Strawberries EP.
When the stars align and the timing is right, I pick a new country to focus heavily on. Also known as my days off.
Lately, the media has been painting a pretty dire picture of Mexico, especially with some of the recent and horrific headlines. This has only made me want to explore further, to hear the influences and stories of a country that I’m sure wants to break free of dangerous assumptions.
From what I’ve learned after pouring through tons of different Mexican artists is that the country has a truly distinct sound. And they love their fucking guitars. Like, check out this band named Deficit de Atencion.
Sometimes they’ve got sparse guitar riffs and then other times they go all loud, crunchy, and post-rock. El Eterno EP, is one hazy collection of songs that seems fitting for coastal highways with the windows rolled down. It’s Memorial Day this weekend isn’t it?