Ecuador’s diverse biomes make it the perfect ground for creativity to change shape, even during quarantine. Its independent cultural scene is hungry for COVID and the lockdowns are ending and living events to find a new normal.
Musicians, filmmakers, producers and everyone else seem to be fulfilling their mission as royals would with their legacy. The creative output of the Ecuadorian indie scene ranges from sultry and mellow basslines to funky synth sampling. Here are 5 acts from Ecuador not to be missed.
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This indie-synth inspired duo explores light feelings to the end of the path of sensuality; their gaping beats smoothly break their striking bass lines. “Camellias, ” is the first single from the couple’s debut album Eden. Producers DamiÃ¡n Segovia and MartÃn Flies recently remixed “Temporal”, by the artist LaTorrethe last album of Reencarnaciones.
TripulaciÃ³n de Osos
Originally from Quito, the indie-rock quartet TripulaiÃ³n de Osos made their debut in 2015 with the release of their debut album, Robormiga. Back then, their sound mixed garage rock guitar riffs with Foo Fighter vocals. But from 2020, the creative efforts of singer Mauro Samaniego derailed the group, landing on “Kilimanjaro”. The song is an optimistic account of the successful ascent of Ecuadorian mountaineer SebastiÃ¡n Carrasco.
Adding to the misconception that indie music is exclusively influenced by rock, Biera is the injection of hip-hop and fluid r & b into the indie music scene. First album Volando, sings hip-hop basslines followed by the reverberation of guitar melodies and stray synth beds. Her latest release is the sultry, slow-paced funk collaboration with ChloÃ© Silva, “Miedo a Amar”.
The release of their album, LÃa Sarde Doche, correspondent the year of COVID-19. Its sound is heavily influenced by Spanish rock and recent reverb guitars throughout the Ecuadorian indie scene. The young artist, 16, seems eager to get even more work out, recently hinting at the release of the singles “Ilmeglioperme” and “Sin Vos”.
After releasing their debut album in 2014, Alkaloids’ original sound is fueled by frantic guitar riffs, syncopated basslines and rough punk vocals. Their alternative rock sound is very much in keeping with the early juxtaposition of punk rock and the percussive dance scene, and their aesthetic borders on the singles of The Rapture. Their 2020 offspring, “Ojeras”, is shining proof of their new leadership.