Chile is living an indie pop renaissance, with fresh new voices like Javiera Mena and old favorites like Dënver and Gepe. Tune in, rock out and get your primeravera on.
Javiera Mena is the new face of indie pop music in Chile. Photo courtesy of Javiera Mena/Facebook.
The sun is shining, flowers are blooming, and all is beautiful in the Chilean springtime. And what better complement to a picnic in the park or a visit to a vineyard than a soundtrack of the best indie-pop artists in Chile? Find out what everyone’s raving about and tune in to some of South America’s freshest tunes.
Here, a list of five singles to get you started - and the YouTube playlist so you can check them out.
Javiera Mena: Yo No Te Pido La Luna (I’m Not Asking You For The Moon)
Spain’s largest paper, El País, writes “Mena is the flag-bearer for a new Chilean pop... She manages to sound global without the cosmopolitan posturing.” Blending her earnest vocals with an 80s disco vibe, this single will leave you humming all day long.
Gepe: Un Día Ayer (A Day Yesterday)
The singer-songwriter describes his work as folk music meets pop, with melodic harmonies and a clear influence from Chilean folk greats El Congreso. This 2010 song is just what you need when you feel a touch of homesickness coming on and provides perspective on a long bus ride.
Francisca Valenzuela: Quiero Verte Más (I Want To See You More)
The newest pop princess on the Chilean music scene, Francisca Valenzuela boasts her own original piano music with zippy beats and striking music videos. This one was shot at the Entel tower in downtown Santiago, and the tune is perfect for accompanying a spot of sightseeing in the capital.
Dënver: Los Adolescentes (The Adolescents)
This catchy tune from the classic Chilean pop band’s latest album “Música, Gramática y Gimnasia” (Music, Grammar and Gymnastics) is a clean-scrubbed, nostalgic look at growing up in Chile. It’s as if the song was made for a day in the countryside.
Teleradio Donoso: Eras Mi Persona Favorita (You Were My Favorite Person)
We love this song for its clever oh-so-Chilean wordplay and its retro style that makes you want to snap your fingers and take a spin on the dance floor. Perfect for a rooftop barbecue with friends and some good Chilean beer.