KAAY - DESEQUILIBRIO
[5.14] In which Latin Grammy Week intersects with Adbusters Week…
Thomas Inskeep: Twee Mexican indie-pop that’s far too perky for its own good.
Jonathan Bogart: Hey look, Mexican indie-pop can be just as commercially-oriented and scared of actually saying anything as the Anglo model!
Katherine St Asaph: I see someone’s still making Camera Obscura-via-Peter Bjorn and John Apple ad indie.
Will Adams: I accused the preceding Manu Manzo song of sounding like stock-standard commercial music, but “Desequilibrio” makes that sound like a Wagner overture. I guess it’s the swing rhythms. Or the handclaps. Or the da-da vocals. Or the… everything. It’s more durable, though, and reawakens my latent fondness for Of Monsters and Men.
Brad Shoup: That ta ta tararira bit is gonna stick with me a long time: maybe a week, or maybe – hopefully – longer than The Mowgli’s similarly jangly, yearning “San Francisco.”
Edward Okulicz: In 20 years’ time I can imagine this song occupying the same part in Mexico’s musical consciousness as “Walking on Sunshine” or “Counting the Beat.” Or, in two months, soundtracking an ad for a tech product all my friends tell me I have to have, more likely.
Juana Giaimo: In between so many singles in Latin Grammy Week aiming to be “serious,” such a fun and careless song like “Desequilibrio” is a relief. Maybe it’s the chorus that ruins it – it’d be richer and more interesting if it included words. Luckily, when I’m beginning to get tired of it all, Kaay are wise enough to give it a quick end.
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