Written By: Fletcher Bonin
On January 20th 2017, Buscabulla gave us something of value to listen to in lieu of the inauguration. This Latin alternative pop duo released their second EP, entitled simply EPII. This four track album is bubbly and electronic, characterized by a signature island sound. The album is loose, warm and trippy. Lead singer and front woman Raquel Berrios provides sensual and shimmering vocals that pair nicely with the space age Caribbean vibe of the back-beats. Seriously, if there is some tropical beach in outer space somewhere, the aliens are listening to this album. Their sound is grippingly different, combining disco themes with post modern psychedelic arrangements.
With deliberately and beautifully altered vocals, Berrios’ voice echoes and lingers on the edge of each percussion synth hit. Mind you, I don’t speak Spanish, but Berrios could sing directly from a phone book to which I would happily listen. The overall sensation of the album is fluid and glimmering, the auditory equivalent of a waterfall meeting a rainbow. The sound is plush and in many ways retro and yet entirely original and incomparable to other music groups, so distinctive is their style.
The fourth track of the EP, ‘Frio’ featuring Helado Negro has received the most recognition, finding its way onto the hits charts after its release. This track, much like the whole album, is upbeat and sensual. The dueling vocals of Berrios and Negro combine for a pure and emotive sound, the former’s tenor complemented by the latter’s lower alto. This is the kind of music you play for sunset beach dates, yacht parties, and basically any other cool scenario you can imagine. Whatever the occasion, Buscabulla has you covered.
As much as I like ‘Frio’, however, my favorite track is the second, entitled ‘Titan’. Berrios’ vocals are pouty and edgier on this track than others. She sings confidently and with strength against a throbbing, steadily pounding bass. And then the track gives way to a more experimental flavor, the bass dropping out in favor of high synths and glimmering high note tones. It is audio gymnastics like this that make Buscabulla’s EPII such a fascinating composition. Their sound is simultaneously pop experimental and yet rooted in old school disco pop, combining for a very pleasingly different sound. For listeners used to avoiding the global music playlist suggestions, I urge you to test the Spanish scene starting with Buscabulla.