BALÚN PREMIERES NEW SINGLE “EL ESPANTO”
SAN JUAN-VIA-BROOKLYN BAND COMPLETES SXSW RU
KCRW AND MORE
“EL ESPANTO” AVAILABLE NOW ON ALL DSPS
“This band has chops!… Balún’s style is so textured and musically diverse that it had to come up with its own genre to describe its sound; they call it ‘dreambow.’ It’s where shoegaze-pop meets pan-Caribbean identity, with elements of Puerto Rican music and references to the Jamaican dancehall roots of reggaeton.” – NPR’s World Café
“Balún… sometimes used a reggaeton beat, but it was also ready to layer on deep electronic bass tones, the quick strumming of the small Andean guitar called a charango, pealing rock guitars and ethereal soprano vocals, adding up to songs full of positive aspirations.” – The New York Times
“Even though the band has moved from the island’s DIY scene to Brooklyn, they’ve kept their Caribbean roots, combining dreamy electro-pop with elements of dembow and Puerto Rican folk, and sticking to singing in their native language.” – BrooklynVegan
“This outing is built on interconnectivity, on dispersing unexpected energies
into a spectrum that works as one collective entity – a Prisma Tropical of musical moments forged into a singular, peculiar place.” – Remezcla
San Juan-via-Brooklyn electronic indie band Balún are excited to share “El Espanto,” the newest single from their upcoming album Prisma Tropical, due later this year on Good Child Music. The track premiered via NPR Music’s Alt.Latino, who called the album “an adventurous journey into a heavily electronic mélange of sounds complemented by ethereal and beguiling vocals.” The track is available to stream now via NPR, and can now be found on all DSPs. More details regarding Prisma Tropical will follow in the coming days.
The band recently wrapped up a noteworthy run at SXSW, receiving praise from NPR Music‘s Alt.Latino in their SXSW 2018 Preview, an interview with KCRW‘s José Galván for their “Pan Caliente” show, and a coveted slot in The New York Times‘ “17 Acts That Stood Out” at SXSW. The band was also one of eighteen acts to have a full set live-streamed from official SXSW social media accounts.
Prisma Tropical has received advance praise from NPR, Noisey — who deemed the album one of the 20 most anticipated Hispanic-American records of 2018 — BrooklynVegan, Remezcla and more, and the tally continues to grow. This long-gestating masterpiece will finally see the light of day this year courtesy of Good Child Music, and with its arrival, more chances to see Balún perform the material live.
Balún self-identify as transnational. The quartet that broke out of the San Juan indie scene a decade ago has since undergone a formational odyssey through the industry, academia, and the stateside Puerto Rican experience. Balún’s long awaited sophomore album Prisma Tropical focuses an incredibly wide field of genres and influences into a revelatory sound that evokes both of the band’s homes and the distance between them.