Introducing Venezuelan Twosome Jóvenes y Sexys

Jóvenes y Sexys is a Caracas-based sweet lo-fi pop band formed by Venezuelan duo Lorena Orlando (“Loocila”) and Ezequiel Bertho (“Cheky) in 2007. The twosome  made it into Latina’s roundup of “The Best Latin Music You Don’t Know,” featured in the June/July 2010 issue of the magazine, because of their lovely tunes and irresistible ways. They’re currently working on a remix of their first EP Bruno. Here’s an introduction:

How would you describe your sound?

Our music sounds like acoustic pop influenced by folk with electronica and other textures.

Who or what are your influences?

Musically, we’re influenced by artists like Broken Social Scene, PJ Harvey, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Juana Molina, Xiu Xiu, and many others. We’re also inspired by [Chilean filmmaker Alejandro] Jodorowsky, Wes Anderson, [Charles] Bukowski, places we’ve visited or that we want to visit.

You’ve done some interesting collaborations.

In our EP there’s a collaboration with a French friend that lives in Belgium that records with the name joiejoiejoie. We also recorded a few songs with the Venezuelan Ulises Hadjis. We’ve done live stuff with Torreblanca y Nuuro. We’re hoping to do more of that in the future; we have many musician friends.

Most recently, Jóvenes y Sexys remixed Natalia Lafourcade’s “No Viniste” from the Mexican darling’s HuHuHu album, giving it a sexier spin. Have a listen:

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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