Buscabulla Release New Video; Announce Long-Awaited Debut Album and Global Tour| 04 March, 2020
The long-time NYC-based duo Buscabulla have finally announced the release of their debut album, an album which charts their feelings now that they’ve returned to their native Puerto Rico.
Buscabulla seemingly emerged out of the chillwave sound, making ephemeral music that was neither pop, indie or lugubrious funk, but somewhere in between. What made them stand out was the fact they incorporated Latin rhythms and motifs into that sound, with touches of salsa, reggaeton and bachata that gave them a clear identity, and made us fall in love their first two EPs.
The last of those EPs, EP II, came out in 2017 and now the duo have just announced the release of debut album, Regresa, due out on May 8th, as well as a series of tour dates across the world.
The first songs to emerge from the album are “Vámono” and “NTE”, which has an accompanying video [released today; watch it below]. The video for “NTE”, whose initials stand for “No Te Equivoques” (“Don’t Get It Wrong”), was set on the waterfront of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and was directed by artist and photojournalist Chris Gregory-Rivera, and filmed by local cinematographer Frank Elias on 16mm film.
Discussing the album, the group’s Raquel says: “Regresa is about self-acceptance of oneself with all our imperfections, and the acceptance of being back in Puerto Rico, with all its flaws.” The album was entirely recorded in Raquel’s and Luis Alfredo’s studio in Puerto Rico, and represents the feeling of being home – the title itself, regresa, means to return or come back – which is not completely sentimental, as it also means being closer to Puerto Rico’s turbulent political climate. “You can feel like a stranger in your own home because the island is going through very hard, weird times”, continues Raquel. “Most people our age have fled. We have also changed after being away for so long.”
Produced by the duo, with additional production work and mixing from Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, MGMT, Solange, Blood Orange, etc.), the 11-track album also features contributions from Helado Negro, who contributes an orchestral arrangement to “Club Tú y Yo”, Brooklyn-based R&B artist Nick Hakim who co-signs two of the tracks, and iconic Puerto Rican chanteuse Nydia Caro on “Nydia”.
Regresa will be released on May 8th. Full tour dates are at the bottom and at buscabulla.com
Here’s the video for “NTE”:
Buscabulla 2020 Tour Dates
Jun 05 Fri – Paris, FR @ La Boule Noire (INROCKS SUPER CLUB!)
Jun 08 Mon – London, UK @ The Waiting Room
Jun 11 Thu – Barcelona, ES @ ImaginCafé
Jun 12 Fri – Madrid, ES @ Paraíso Festival
Jun 13 Sat – San Sebastián, ES @ Dabadaba
Jul 09 Thu – Miami, FL @ The Ground
Jul 10 Fri – Orlando, FL @ The Social
Jul 11 Sat – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Jul 12 Sun – Raleigh, NC @ Kings
Jul 16 Thu – Washington,DC @ Songbyrd
Jul 17 Fri – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Jul 18 Sat – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
Jul 22 Wed – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Jul 24 Fri – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
Jul 25 Sat – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)
Jul 26 Sun – Austin, TX @ Antones
Jul 28 Tue – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow Palace
Jul 29 Wed – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Jul 30 Thu – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Aug 01 Sat – Tijuana, MX @ Black Box
Aug 04 Tue – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Aug 06 Thu – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
Aug 08 Sat – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Aug 09 Sun – Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
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