Valentina Fel, Valentina Fel


Independiente, Chile ****
Rating: 89

By Carlos Reyes

Valentina Fel is like a hyperbole of music’s very own fetishism; her powerful funky voice literally devours any beat coming her way, it’s erotic, wacky, fascinating, and at the end, very pleasurable. Valentina Fel sounds gigantic; it’s the realm of pop on the verge of detonation. Valentina treats music as the vein that projects her own wisdom. In this sense, her approach is almost cynical to pop’s customs. Very rarely do we get such a defying authorship in pop music, she can hardly contain the vernacular strength of her voice, lyrics and volatile background treatment, it’s weird but she overreaches themes like folk artists squeeze their socially-minded subjects. In better words, Super45 calls her “the most logical evolution of a riot girl.”

Bouncy disco-ready platforms await her sky-scraping voice, every song is a confrontation, and almost every song is a triumph. The opening track and lead single “Sin Control Mi Diversion” proposes a contract, to let things go on and off as they please, to have fun without attachment. Of course it’s hard to not be attached to something, especially on an age of new media, and that’s where Valentina raises the bar, she dislocates sound as daring as she makes up new words to sew a dance tune. Hint, don’t let the lyrics dictate a song, have them be part of the process, if you want to experiment, forget about bytes and transitions, learn angles. Lyrically, “Acapulco” may not make sense at all, but you’ll feel the furious and quite violent loom in which she demoralizes power.

“Circo Podrido” is directly confrontational, “perdiendo la batalla, te invito a jugar, mover mi ritmo, ritmo que rima esta maldito… ja jaja jaa.” It may seem like she’s throwing a bunch of concepts into the air with no real coherence, but just like Santigold, Valentina’s music travels in waves, you can see such beautiful formation with Windows Media Player’s ‘Ocean Mist.’ She’s one of those personas that would suck at commanding experiments (because of the lack of technique), but a genius in brainstorm. She makes high-voltage pieces like “Alteracion” and “Take Me Home” sound effortless, also giving up tempo in “Loco Vagando” and “No Me Quiero Anular.”

Valentina’s aesthetics are best exemplified in “Las Estrellas”, the most playful and ultimately adolescent track in the album: “ya no voy a recurrir a la niñez perdida, ya no voy a recurrir a la bebe dormida.” In the song, she also makes a reference to military stars, “hoy las estrellas dicen algo yo lo escucho, son tan deprimentes dicen todo en tu escudo, mira las estrellas, mira calaveras.” What an awesome way to ridiculize the war and use imagery to condemn it. In terms of sound, we have been exposed to this synth pop through Javiera Mena and Maria Daniela y Su Sonido Lasser (maybe even Jessy Bulbo), but none with this resonance and focus on the actual dance floor. Valentina’s has crafted a vogue manifestation of the new popstar. Valentina Fel is at this moment only available in Chile, New York’s Lizard King will be releasing her first broad material next year, one of our most anticipated albums for sure.


el amarillo said...

Wow, I was expecting this album since I listened to "sin control mi diversion". some people call her la M.I.A latinoamericana, that's for sure! her music is so appealing, direct and real, surely she will get some attention with her work. good luck vale.

i can't believe u compared her with maria daniela y su sonido .... whaaaaaaaaaaaaat a pice of craft those empty beats, since this is only about la Fel, she should not be compared with such lousy performers.

Carlos Reyes said...

but Maria Daniela is quite good! well, "Pobre Estupida" and "Miedo" are awesome songs IMO.

amable said...

yes maria daniela rules in a different way, i really want to hear this.

el amarillo said...

ahhhh what the .... are u saying? pobre estupida is kind of retarded, too sticky for my taste, she shamelessly copied Yalle (I hate her too) and european electro pop style and did not do anything different, it makes me shiver thinking of that poor song. Well I respect your point of view but I do not agree with it!

Valentina is faaaarrrrrrrr better!

Jean-Stephane Beriot said...

yes amaraillo, maria daniela may sound empty, sticky, retarted, and that's shy she's great

pintate un bosque y pierdete jejeje

pobre estupida el a mi me quiere mas!

el amarillo said...

jajajajaja pobre estupida!

amable said...

maria daniela es la neta del planeta hasta shakira trató de imitarla y la verdad shakira se ve muy estúpida bailando en ese video de loba. aparte la producción de su primer disco es genial! give it a chance.


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