Los Niños Estelares - Tragedias y Esperanzas En Tiempos de Internet

Tragedias y Esperanzas En Tiempos de Internet,
Los Niños Estelares
Independiente, Puerto Rico
Rating: 68

By Carlos Reyes


There are bands that can’t go unnoticed, and then there’s Los Niños Estelares. When we were first introduced to the band, we couldn’t help to think they had escaped from a zoo, or some kind of mental facility (for former intellectuals). In an effort to figure out what was in front of us, we described them as “a Tropical fusion between Calle 13, Tosh.0 and Flight of the Concords.” Many months have passed by us, and we’re still clueless. Any sort of unclassifiable art merits recognition, but when such art allows itself to be appreciated without coming to terms with any genre tags, things tend to get very interesting.

Tragedias y Esperanzas En Tiempos de Internet is the duo’s third release, and their very first short-length. When first approaching this album two things come to mind. First, a critique on their aesthetic disproportion as they’re the owners of one of the worst album covers we’ve seen recently. Second, is my personal agony to try to figure out if these guys are geeks, douchebags, or misunderstood geniuses. It's not particularly bad news, but this new album does very little to resolve my dilemmas. However, this doesn’t change the fact that I’m beginning to appreciate Los Niños Estelares as way more than your average rebels-without-cause, and more as a form of entertainment.

The five tracks on this quirky, genre-defying EP are chapters of social distraction and national destruction. Without falling into the realm of over-sentimentalist ‘theme music’, the EP’s opening track “Cuando Va A Caer La Bomba” tackles on the issue of a new Puerto Rican generation unwilling to compromise their lives to a form of totalitarian government. The 60-day student strike at the University of Puerto Rico resulted in the most significant movement powered by young adults on the island.

As they so explicitly point out, they see poverty as a form of slavery, and eventually have a hard time backing up their humorous argument. Throughout the album they do get very romantic about new media, and that’s where the album’s biggest strengths are (but nowhere near Capullo’s Informatica Romantica Para Avanzados). The rest of the tracks are fun for the most part, “Pari Bus” is particularly charming: who wouldn’t want to become a Party Bus. Also interesting, is their skuzzy cover of “Tatooine” by Jeremy Messersmith, which seems so out there. I won’t give myself another chance to define Los Niños Estelares because certainly, I don’t know. Tragedias y Esperanzas is full of ideas, some are bright, others are more like bad habits… yet again, the duo already knew that.



4 comments :

La Avanzada Y said...

Los niños estelares es la banda puertorriqueña con mayor potencial en la actualidad en la isla. Su trabajo es único y extremadamente relevante. Sus discos son medio cruditos pero tengan en mente que en vivo son otra cosa completamente. Sus shows son una experiencia interactiva exquisita.

Supuestamente su próximo disco va a ser producido profesionalmente y con banda completa.

Ya veremos.

Anonymous said...

This is seriously the most confused review of a band that is much more than a group of individuals " who came out of a zoo, moreover a group escaping from a mental facility (for former intellectuals)" From reading this article and many more, this website obviously advocates music in a distorted and confused way. Who the heck cares about artsty aesthetics when you can't even understand the controversies this group presents in a pretty understandable way? Btw, how's your spanish?

The reviewer obviously HAS to interview the band because the message understood by the reviewer here is very different from what LNE want to portray. It may be the fact that you don't live on this island, for if you did, maybe your interpretation of the album would be much clearer.

There's more to THIS music than sound quality, and you obviously do NOT get this band at all.

I suggest you take another listen, interview the band and get your sources into shape. This is misinformation at its best. A journalist would know what this is perfectly, and a good one would try to avoid it.

Carlos Reyes said...

Thanks for the input. Like I emphasized in my review, on multiple paragraphs, I obviously have a hard time processing the full LNE package, and that's ok. I am very little concerned with album themes, it's the album's structure & actual sound form that moves me.

Personally, I don't believe in the interview format, have never interviewed anyone in my life, and would particularly never interview someone to ask them about the intentions behind their records. You would never go and ask David Lynch about the imagery of his films, and write a review based on his response. It takes away from the personal 'blogging' leisure of this blog.

Yet again, I am not a journalist. This is merely, a personal approach to music.

I'm not attacking your critique in any way, I'm just pointing out that your concerns are exactly what I said on the actual review. This EP didn't resolve any of my issues with the band, which I still find quite great (enough for me to take the time to review them).

DonAnonimo said...

Honestly Los Ninos Estelares are total shite musically and mentally. These people blabbing on on how "you dont get this" are being dupped.

I've personally met the band members, and have talked to them many times, since I used to do design for work them, and honestly they are just a bunch of delusional, nut-bag liars.

To mention a few things about them:

They are total looney conspiracy theorists, proto-facists, they claim the holocaust never happened, atheism is Satan's work, and they believe shape-shifting reptilians rule everything.

Your comparison of them escaping a zoo is honestly spot-on.

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