MISS ESPAÑA: Niebla Mental: LP

Sep 22, 2023

First things first: what a gorgeous record! I love the album artwork—pink and satin-y and flowery, but with some handmade bugs thrown in. And their name is written in pastel, what—Play-Doh maybe? It’s fabulous. With pink vinyl to match? Yes, please! I don’t know if this is right at all, but if the name Miss España is meant to hearken back to a pageant or a beauty contest, the pink is so appropriate for that kind of scene, no? But the bugs add the darkness, the underbelly. And the music reflects this unabashedly pink and frantic sound, but also brings the bugs with the unsettling sounds and lyrics. Is dark wave a good designation here? Maybe; I don’t know enough about it. But I know that we’ve got keyboards, we’ve got an often menacing, pounding bass, and if I’m translating the (Spanish) lyrics correctly, we’ve got some blood, stabbing, death, and more! I’m sometimes reminded of Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill) with the more shriek-y singing, and Alice Bag with the confidence, and I do, unsurprisingly, hear some Rata Negra sneaking in, but Miss España is its own beast. I love the prominent, throbbing bass (particularly slays on “Cara B”), the frantic keyboards, the sneaky hi-hat on “Uno de Enero,” and the chorus grabbing my nostalgic affection on “VM75.” Good stuff. –J. Federico (La Vida Es Un Mus, lavidaesunmus.com)

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