Andrés Calamaro is back. Back to his roots and back to doing what he does best: pop-rock songs with catchy choruses and ingenious rhymes. Gone are his flirtations with funk, cumbia, and tango. His new album, Bohemio, is all about his classic mane—the one that makes him look like Bunbury’s doppelgänger from certain angles—and those sun glasses from the “Flaca” video.
Most importantly, Cachorro López is back in the role of producer. A little bit of history: both Calamaro and López had once been part of the same band, Los Abuelos De La Nada (“Mil Horas” ring a bell? Yeah, Calamaro wrote that one, not La Sonora Dinamita, you dummies). While Calamaro went on to become the most prolific singer-songwriter of his generation, López became the über-producer of modern Latin pop (Julieta Venegas, Diego Torres,Miranda!, Los Amigos Invisibles, are among the many artists who requested his services for their most commercially successful albums). López also produced Calamaro’s La Lengua Popular in 2008, which got nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards (but didn’t win).
“Cuando no estás” is the first single off Bohemio, a super-short album by Calamaro standards. It’s 10 songs (the average nowadays for digital releases), but Calamaro is known for releasing the infamous quintuple album, El Salmón, which has 103 songs on it.