Babasonicos New Album, Desde adentro
Argentinian band Babasonicos causes a stir in the Spanish-speaking world for three reasons: It has a strong, international fan base, is considered one of the major innovators in electronica of their generation, and makes mesmerizing videos that feel more like short-film entries in a festival.
On June 15, the band gave yet one more reason with the release of its first live album, Desde adentro (impuesto de fé), aka “From Inside,” in celebration of its twenty-fifth anniversary.
A series of music videos, primarily online, have been teasing fans and the Spanish-speaking media, the first for the single, “Vampi” or “Vampire.” The music video came out way before the single, which was a tad unusual even for Babasonicos. However, the video continues their film festival aesthetic for the symbolic, modern, and abstract.
The single, “Vampi” signals a new age musically for Babasonicos, in addition to celebrating the revolutionary electronica sound that has made them famous. The soft rock ballad tells about the tragic, unrequited love affair of a young man feeling drained and troubled by the lack of attention from his beloved. The emotion of this song’s lyrics are expressed brilliantly by lead singer, Adrián Dárgelos’ haunting vocals, and a hypnotic, flowing, repetitive guitar riff performed by guitarist Mariano Domínguez. There are a few electronic percussive effects in between major riffs and chord changes, but they are not as an integral to their music as before.
The single, “Vampi” signals a new age musically for Babasonicos, in addition to celebrating the revolutionary electronica sound that has made them famous.
This song is an example of how Babasonicos continues to reinvent its sound and lead the way for electronica in the world. They have succeeded in seamlessly melding together rock and electronica to where it is no longer experimental fusion, but a genre in itself.
Babasonicos has been credited with being the first to fuse rock and electronica together in Latin America, launching what became known as the nuevo rock argentino movement almost twenty-five years ago. “Vampi” demonstrates how they have become the new voice of electro rock for the entire world—a genre that deserves recognition. They have also pointed the direction for electro rock to go, and for the rest to follow.