Café Tacvba’s First Single in Four Years Has Arrived, and It’s a Pristine Pop Gem

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It’s been four years since we got the last Café Tacvba single, but the wait is over now. The Mexican quartet has dropped the bright-eyed “Un Par De Lugares,” and we can all breathe a little easier and dance a little more carefree for it.

Produced by longtime collaborator Gustavo Santaolalla, the track finds Cafeta in a musical metamorphosis, something they are no strangers to. The track features staples of modern pop rock with pristine production, crystalline guitar lines, and danceable beats. Reflecting on the song’s meaning, singer Rubén Albarrán says, “This is a song that talks about the feeling of absence and how we go to a pair of places – our mind and our heart – to recover the thoughts and feelings that help us alleviate the pain.” It’s all filtered through feel-good recklessness (do I hear traces of Tame Impala?) that strays from the mexicanismos they’re known for, but after more than 25 years in the game, we can’t fault them for trying something new.

Los Tacvbos are welcoming the final stretch of 2016 in full force. Hot on the heels of a new career-spanning book, the band is playing La Tocada Fest in Santa Ana along with Carla Morrison, Natalia Lafourcade, and León Lárregui, among others, on Saturday, September 24. Check out even more U.S. tour dates below.

September 24 – La Tocada Festival – Santa Ana, CA
October 1 – Santa Barbara Bowl (with Thievery Corporation) – Santa Barbara, CA
October 2 – Greek Theater (with Thievery Corporation) – Berkeley, CA
December 20/21 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL