Of Greek Myths, Medicines and Barren Wastelands

Lumiere – Fatalismo

I tend to have a lot more time and respect for musicians which sing in their mother tongue, instead of simply selling out, hungry for Yanksy bucks. While it’s true that some styles of music seem to suit the English language better, I find there is generally something more honest about a band that wish to preserve their linguistic integrity.

Lumiere literally put the beauty of the Spanish language in the spotlight on their stunning five-track EP ‘Fatalismo ‘. Hailing from Mexico City, the fantastic fivesome have been making music for 11 years. And boy, does it sound good…

As a student of Hispanic Studies, it is an embarrassment to admit that I don’t fully understand the lyrical content of all their songs. But it doesn’t even matter, because the music is so magical that it whisks you off into a dreamland where sense and meaning are irrelevant, intangible concepts and all that matters is the dirty, driven sound of grating guitars.

The EP kicks off with a song entitled ‘Tu, yo y los demás’ which one of their guitarist is rumoured to have described as “sounding like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club”. Not having heard any BRMC, I can’t really comment on this, though the sound is definitely familiar. That’s not to say it’s not good, because boy, it’s friggin’ fantastic. The song has a low and moody feel yet is still catchy enough to have you singing it all day.

A blend of styles is captured in just five songs but it all makes sense and fits perfectly in place, even the sly, less melodic ‘Cardiazol’. My personal favourite is the last song, ‘Escila’, where a lot of punk influence shines through. In fact, it reminds me of a Ramones track…

Rhythmic and passionate, catchy and fun, Lumiere make real songs with real sentiments. And they’ve just given me the definitive reason to spend my Erasmus year in Mexico City.


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