“Tú tendras que dormir cuando el día acaba de empezar.”

“Norte” by Little Jesus | Yet another song off one of my emergency radio recordings, on that very same delayed flight from Kuala Lumpur to Manila – and, yes, it’s in Spanish. Little Jesus is from Mexico City, and no, this is far from the stereotypical Mexican music you usually hear on Saturday morning cartoons. They describe their music as “tropipop”, which makes sense if you think of how beach music has been chewed and spat out by a lot of indie artists nowadays: imbibed with a sense of cool, but still perfect for the sunshine. This song follows that template: slightly lo-fi sensibilities masking a loneliness in the lyrics. And, to me, maybe it’s the novelty of hearing a song in Spanish like this. I’ve been listening more to the Germans and the French, mostly because they’re a bit easier to penetrate in my view, despite our history. But yes, I like this. Of course it will go that way. [NB]

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