Colombina Parra, primarily known for fronting cult Chilean grunge band Los Ex, keeps it mellow on her solo efforts. If you’ve listened to Flores como Gatos, her solo debut from 2011, you’re well aware that her grunge roots and brassy oomph aren’t at the forefront. Instead, Parra embraces a more softly intimate approach by eschewing all that gargling throatiness for sweet, hushed tones; dirty strumming for playful pop jangles.
Her upcoming sophomore LP, judging by the title track, “detrás del vidrio,” feels like a balancing act between Parra’s two sides. The song still favors the slow, whispering carriage, but opts for the colder, plugged-in instrumentation. It’s a fantastic song and if it’s an apt representation of the new album’s balance, then I’d say Parra’s hit her sweet spot as a solo artist.
Update: We don’t really know what we’re looking at but we like it. Here’s the video for Parra’s “detrás del vidrio,” directed by none other than Bernardo Quesney.