A look at Chile’s prince of pop: Alex Anwandter

Chilean pop and alternative rock is making waves across the continent and the world with a new breed of talented young musicians.

In a 2011 article on NPR’s music site, Alt Latino, entitled “New Music From Adrianigual: Chile Keeps Making The Best Pop In Latin America,” the U.S. public radio station described the producer of Exito Mundial (“Global Success”) as “equally ambitious” to his “rhythmically complex soundscapes.”

And they were right on more than one account. with that producer, Alex Anwandter, going on to establish his name as the darling of the increasingly influential Chilean pop scene over the course of a year.

Since moving on from the critically acclaimed alternative rock band Teleradio Donoso in 2010, Anwandter has launched two solo albums and created his own unique sound that mixes his soft croon with a healthy dose of 80s style synth and a splash of party beats.

But there is more to Anwandter than infectious pop – the young Chilean is known for his thought provoking lyrics and themes.

Reviewing the opening track on his latest album Rebeldes (“Rebels”), Alt Latino called ¿Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo? (“How Can You Live With Yourself”) “an instant gay pride anthem.”

The film clip, which Anwandter also directed, pays homage to the cult documentary “Paris is Burning,” which delves into the world of the vogue ball scene of New York in the late 80s and early 90s.

Set in Santiago, the ¿Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo? film clip features a dance off so flamboyant and full of heart that you won’t be able to stop yourself from grinning as you tap your foot to the music.

Though already a musical icon in Chile, Rebeldes established the multi-talented Anwandter among the best of Chile’s booming pop music scene, alongside Francisca Valenzuela, Gepe, Nicolas Jaar, and Javiera Mena.

To listen Anwandter’s music, head to his Sound Cloud page, while to see the ¿Cómo Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo? film clip, click here.