The past few weeks of work for Remezcla have yielded a wonderful surprise: a revival of post-punk music at the hands of Spanish musicians. These groups also mix a few elements of New Wave and Goth. They tend to keep it slightly old-school with a mix of post-punk and shoegaze. The latest addition to this group is Despotismo Ilustrado who have yet to release any official recordings other than a few demos recorded during their rehearsals. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account.
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The talent and diversity of early Spanish synthpop music are downright astonishing, as the second Interferencias volume proves. The sharp, unremitting electronic beat, like rain pelting the steel-rimmed overpass above your head. The warm, Moog-driven melody emerging out of rake-thin robotic beats, a delicious river of sound swelling up to wrap you in its warmth. The vague, echo-effected post-punk vocals, inevitably and unidentifiably Euro-accented, chanting at you as though from a distant dream. There's a reason synthpop emerged in the '80s, as a comforting salve to assuage our fears at the growing alienation and bureaucratization of a skyscraper society; to meet it in sensuous left-accelerationism on the dancefloor; and to serve as a confrontational challenge to the bland echoes of the industrialized world's deadening, normative culture industries. There's something tremendously authentic about early synthpop, which transcends national and even linguistic barriers. The implicitly European tinge of synthpop and new wave means that even American bands drew on European language samples to render their music sincere; how much more sincere, then, the music that drew unpretentiously from its own local traditions? Spanish synthpop is a unique creation.
Spanish rock is the term used for the variety of rock music produced in Spain. Most bands formed in Spain have sung in Spanish, but many others have sung in English, French and Italian, in addition to the other languages spoken in Spain, such as Catalan , Galician , Basque , Aragonese and Asturian. At first, rock music was influenced by the surrounding countries like France or Italy.
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