Quiero Club’s Delicate Ballad “Esperar” Is a Prayer for Mexico

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For many, Monterrey’s Quiero Club came to define alternative music in Mexico over the last decade. Thirteen years ago, they exploded out of Myspace with an uncompromising, colorful, and danceable sound that begged listeners to get out and do crazy shit. It helped define the Mexican strain of electroclash that soundtracked kids’ nights out for quite a few years in the mid-2000s.

Quiero Club are still at it and fresh as ever, despite co-vocalist Marcela Viejo’s recent departure to pursue a solo career. It’s been a long time since they have shaken the “electroclash” label without sacrificing what made their sound so vibrant. They are set to release a new album called Oportunidad de Oro and are sharing a brand new track off of it.

To some, “Esperar” might be a surprise, since it’s one of their least danceable tracks. Instead, it’s a beautiful mid-tempo acoustic song punctuated by soft power ballad-esque distorted guitars, and Priscila Gonzalez’s gorgeous pop melodies. Just when you think you’re safe and cozy, synths sweep in to keep you on your toes. Although it’s not explicitly inspired by the events of the earthquake that shook Mexico in September, the lyrics can be interpreted to reflect hope and faith in a better tomorrow.

Oportunidad de Oro was originally set to drop this year, but has been rescheduled for release in 2018, following the earthquake. Luckily, Quiero Club still have so much to say.