Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Melenas - "K2"

Photo by Jose Delou

Hailing from Spain, Melenas recently released a new single, "K2." The obvious comparison is going to be with Stereolab as both bands make a groovy sound that combines 60's lounge music with 90's indie rock. (And, in the most American thing I've ever typed out, both are in languages other than English.) But Melenas have a little more of an edge to their sound than Stereolab has ever had. It's not quite punk or garage rock, but it's not completely without some punk or garage rock sound. In between the fun, beauty, and grooviness of "K2" is a tiny shred of menace and noise, and that helps make this one a little more interesting.

Melenas say of their new song:

"K2 is not about the mountain, even though it is one of the highest peaks in Melenas’ repertoireThe song title refers to the second track that’s more strongly influenced by krautrock on the band’s forthcoming third album. A sweet and catchy pop melody, on top of a repetitive, mechanical beat and chord pattern, creates the perfect hypnotic mood to help you get lost inside the song and find in it echoes of Neu! or Stereolab."

You can watch the video for "K2" below. Ahora is due out September 29 via Trouble In Mind, and is available for pre-order here. For more on Melenas, check out the band on Facebook and Instagram.

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