TUNES // Balún – El Espanto

Post by Misha

I keep having this dream about a river. I’m running away from something (or someone?) and then I jump in a river and I know that if I can get to the next bend I’ll be ok. Sometimes I make it and sometimes I don’t, but it’s always the same river.

Any Freudians out there?


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El Espanto (Spanish for “fright” or “horror”) is jagged and disorienting in its syncopation. Its beats push the limits of their time signature, creating an anxious and evocative stutter-step. Which makes it all the more disarming when the song resolves lushly into a generous, languid chorus. There’s something very dreamlike and fluid about the story it tells, even though I cannot understand the words.

El Espanto is the first single from Brooklyn-via-Puerto-Rico four-piece Balún‘s forthcoming sophomore album. The record, Prisma Tropical, is due July 20th on Good Child Music. Check out more from Balún here.

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