Music Monday: The Chamanas ‘Alas de Hielo’

Cultura en Austin wants you to kick off Mondays in style. We present a blog feature called Music Monday, where we highlight new or recent Latin alternative music videos from artists who should be on your radar. We’ll showcase Austin-based musicians as well as national and international artists.

Photo contributed by Cookman/ Nacional Records
Photo contributed by Cookman/ Nacional Records

Artist: The Chamanas

Drawing musical influences from 1970s Mexican pop and modern indie music, The Chamanas, call the border region of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez home. They recently captured the national spotlight with their cover of Portugal. The Man’s song “Purple, Yellow, Red, and Blue.”

The Chamanas are South by Southwest alums, and are also on this year’s SXSW schedule. During an interview with Fusion Magazine, the group credited Austin’s David Garza with motivating the band members to launch the group.

Song: “Alas de Hielo” Album: “Once Once”

The Chamanas released their debut album “Once Once,” last fall and are working with Nacional Records, which boasts a growing list of high-profile Latin alternative artists such as Kinky and Los Amigos Invisibles.

If you’re a Austin-based Latin music band and are releasing a new video, let me know at nflores@statesman.com.

Music Monday: Julieta Venegas’ ‘Ese Camino’

Julieta Venegas

Cultura en Austin wants you to kick off the work week in style. We present a blog feature called Music Monday, where we highlight new or recent Latin alternative music videos from artists who should be on your radar. We’ll showcase Austin-based musicians as well as those who have performed in Austin or will soon.

Artist: Julieta Venegas

Mexican pop-rocker Julieta Venegas has been rocking her accordion, guitar and piano since the mid-1990s. She performed in Austin in 2014 at the Pachanga Latino Music Festival. Check out an Austin360 interview with Venegas.

Song: “Ese Camino” Album: “Algo Sucede”

Venegas will release her latest album “Algo Sucede” on Aug. 14, but Venegas fans can already listen to and check out the music video for the album’s single “Ese Camino,”  which was inspired by Venegas’ personal childhood as well as the overall importance of childhood.

Behind the scenes shot for "Ese Camino" video.
Behind the scenes shot for “Ese Camino” video.

Latin Grammy-nominated director Claudio Divella shot the video and aimed to “evoke childhood, the passing of time, games our memory plays in general and how they become blurry and questionable in a symbolic way, by presenting two parallel stories that unfold in one and the same place,” according to a news release.

Check out the music video below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

If you’re a Austin-based Latin music band and are releasing a new video, let me know at nflores@statesman.com.

 

 

Music Monday: Macaco’s ‘Volar’

Spanish star Macaco performed during SXSW and has released a new music video.
Spanish star Macaco performed during SXSW and has released a new music video.

Cultura en Austin wants you to kick off the work week in style. We present a blog feature called Music Monday, where we highlight new or recent Latin alternative music videos from artists who should be on your radar. We’ll showcase Austin-based musicians as well as those who have performed in Austin or will soon.

Artist: Macaco

International pop sensation Dani Carbonell, better known as Macaco, performed in Austin this spring during South by Southwest as a featured artist with the Sounds of Spain showcase.

Song: “Volar” Album: “Historias Tattooadas”

Macaco released his latest album “Historias Tattooadas” in March, which includes the second single of the album “Volar.”

Macaco has described “Volar” as “a love song with a bittersweet touch.” Check out the music video, which tells the story of a boy on a family camping trip who becomes infatuated with a young woman working at the campsite. “Volar” touches on the ways people romanticize relationships and the challenges that keep people apart.

If you’re a Austin-based Latin music band and are releasing a new video, let me know at nflores@statesman.com.

Music Monday: Irene Diaz’ “I Love You Madly”

Photo by Eric Ibarra
Photo by Eric Ibarra

Cultura en Austin wants you to kick off the work week in style. We present a blog feature called Music Monday, where we highlight new or recent Latin alternative music videos from artists who should be on your radar. We’ll showcase Austin-based musicians as well as those who regularly perform in Austin or will soon.

Artist: Irene Diaz

Song: “I Love You Madly”

Album: “I Love You Madly” EP

Irene Diaz, a rising singer/songwriter pours every drop of emotion into her heartfelt music. Diaz, a South by Southwest and Cactus Cafe alum, has been garnering national attention as a modern day torch singer. She’s performed with Austin’s own Gina Chavez and we hope Diaz returns soon with her first full length album.

For now, check out Diaz’ latest lyric video, which is set to the backdrop of silent film actor/director Buster Keaton’s work. It’s a warm and fuzzy look at relationships and love. Show it to your Valentine.

 

Music Monday: Natalia Clavier’s “Nada”

Natalia Clavier 3

Cultura en Austin wants you to kick off the work week in style. We present a new blog feature called Music Monday, where we highlight new or recent Latin alternative music videos from artists who should be on your radar. We’ll showcase Austin-based musicians as well as those who regularly perform in Austin or will soon.

Artist: Natalia Clavier

Song: “Nada” featuring Ticklah

Album: “Lumen”

Many know Argentine singer/songwriter Natalia Clavier as the sultry vocalist for Thievery Corporation, but the versatile artist’s own music brings a sophisticated blend of electronic grooves with eclectic world rhythms. We first caught her live three years ago at the Pachanga Latino Music Festival in Austin, where she joined local Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada for a performance with Echocentrics, their soulful funk project with a psychedelic twist.

Clavier teamed up with Quesada once again when he produced her latest album “Lumen.” Clavier returned to Austin last spring for South by Southwest and chatted with us before her festival performance. Check out our interview with Natalia.

We were happy to learn that Austin has a soft spot in her heart. Clavier experienced her first American gig in Austin, at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2006, when she toured with her compatriot singer/songwriter Federico Aubele. After years of friendship, it was in Austin where a romance sparked between the two, who are now married.