Meet: Silvestre Y La Naranja Gives their Wild Side a Rest to Explore Sprawling Psychedelia [ARG]

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Née: Justo Fernandez Madero, Salvador Colombo, Francisco J. Nicholson, Pampa Louzao, Mateo Mórtola
Raíces: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sounds like: Fleet Foxes, Devendra Banhart
You should listen to Silvestre Y La Naranja because…you’d rather chill than dance at this moment in time.

Silvestre Y La Naranja is not a Latino version of James & The Giant Peach. Rather, it’s one of the best new independent groups to come out of Argentina. The quintet from La Zona Norte has been around since 2011 and has drawn strong comparisons to artists such as Fleet Foxes, The Tallest Man On Earth, and Mumford & Sons (minus the entire “hipsters during the Civil War” aesthetic).

The quintet came together as a blues and rock outfit with the intent of exploring their lado silvestre, hence the name. They eventually ignored that original sentiment and travelled the indie/folk/pop/country route on their self-titled debut album to great applause and reviews in their home country.

Their latest release is a two-song EP that sees the band experiment a bit more on the psychedelic rock side of things with a sprawling guitar solo on “Like A Dog.” Perhaps their silvestre side just needed a rest.