Balún releasing ‘Prisma Tropical,’ playing Shea with Ela Minus
Brooklyn-based Puerto Rican transplants Balún are releasing their first full-length album in seven years, Prisma Tropical, sometime this year via Good Child Music.
Even though the band has moved from the island’s DIY scene to Brooklyn, they’ve kept their Caribbean roots, combining dreamy electro-pop with elements of dembow and Puerto Rican folk, and sticking to singing in their native language. Their most recent single, "La Nueva Ciudad," is solemn yet melodic and danceable, with frontwoman Angélica Negrón’s airy vocals leading the way.
I recently caught them in their former hometown, where they performed the upcoming album with a full band and three guests. Live, they use an array of instruments ranging from an accordion to the traditional Puerto Rican instrument, cuatro. Their ability of combining instruments that are typically seen within the island’s folk music with synthesizers creates a unique, gorgeous sound that truly shines in live performances.
They'll play their current hometown of Brooklyn on January 11 at Shea Stadium, opening for Brooklyn-via-Colombia transplant Ela Minus. Also on that bill is someone going by the name Cat $tevens. Tickets are on sale now.
Ela Minus, Brooklyn-via-Colombia singer Gabriela Jimeno's project, is planning to release her debut album at some point, but so far only has an EP and a few singles. Her dreamy electro-pop and bilingual lyrics should pair well with Balún. Check out her single "Volcán" and that new Balún song, below.