It seems like Mexican indie rock band Hello Seahorse! has been poised for a breakthrough to the mainstream forever. The Mexico City-based foursome created three critically acclaimed albums, collected a handful of awards (their 2009 album Bestia snagged them an iTunes “Best New Artist” nod, an MTV VMA Latinoamerica and two Latin Grammy nominations) and shared the stage with rock giants like the Beastie Boys and The Killers. Now, they might finally make the jump with their newest LP, Lejos, No Tan Lejos, produced by frequent Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark.
As for their sound, it’s as quirky and enigmatic as their name—which, as lead singer Denise Gutierrez (aka Lo Blondo) admitted to the LA Times, “even we don’t know what it means.” If you don’t speak Spanish, you won’t know what the songs on Lejos, No Tan Lejos mean either, but that’s ok. Lo Blondo’s opera-trained voice and her band’s infectious synth-pop sound soar above language.
Check out the spooky yet uptempo track “Un Ano Quebrado”. It sounds like a cross between Fleet Foxes and Oingo Boingo and will definitely make our Halloween playlist this year: