Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. This week, all Song of the Day podcast songs have been selected by DJ Chilly, host of El Sonido, bringing you fresh, contemporary flavors from the diverse Latin alternative scene. Today’s song is “Lentes Mágicos” by Los Mundos from the 2014 album Retroterapia on SourPop Records.
Alejandro “Chivo” Elizondo and Luis Ángel Martínez, amusingly entertaining songwriters, of Monclova, Mexico have released their scuzzy sophomore LP, Retroterapia and, since their release, we’ve all been able to sample some of the trippy shoegaze our neighboring country has been cranking out. Appealing to both punks and partiers alike, Los Mundos‘ spontaneous sound defies typical convention, choosing to wander into the weird world of the whimsical and surreal. Today’s Song of the Day, “Lentes Mágicos” translates to “Magical Glasses,” but I’d argue that Los Mundos aren’t singing about the benefits of corrective lenses so much as they are about, well, hallucinogens. A pandemonium of psychedelia, drone, and jaunty rock ‘n’ roll, the song’s an abrasive trip into off-beat cacophony. After a full fifteen seconds of amp feedback (which builds up anticipation similar to the moments before the LSD sets in), the song bursts into a groovy wah-wah, drawing you into its jaws.