Nathy Peluso Sparks Her Musical Versatility with New Album 'Calambre'
"Me llaman porque soy una business woman
Tengo negocios que dirigir yo sola..."
With one week remaining in National Hispanic Heritage Month, The Cultural Reset applauds all Hispanic artists and industry professionals for their contributions to the music industry. National Hispanic Heritage Month is from September 15 to October 15 and aims to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of those from Hispanic nations. Without the beautiful Latin sounds and influence, our music landscape would not look anything like it does today.
During this celebratory month, iconic up-and-coming Hispanic artist, Nathy Peluso, unveiled her debut full-length album. Nathy Peluso is a Barcelona based artist known for her willingness to take risks. She does not confine herself to one genre and tends to blend aspects of different sounds together to create something new and uniquely her own. Peluso has been singing for as long as she can remember, and was influenced from an early age by Frank Sinatra, Etta James, and Nina Simone. Another major influence on Peluso was the theatre; she loved seeing performers dramatically represent real life struggles and successes. She has implemented this element visually in many of her music videos, leading to extravagant representations of the meanings of her songs. She strives to express herself and share her story through her music. While Peluso is relatively new to the music scene, her great talents have been recognized with recent Latin Grammy nominations, including one in the Best New Artist category and another in Best Alternative Song.
Her debut full-length album Calambre, translating to “electric shock” in english, lives up to its name by shocking fans with Peluso’s ease of transitioning from genre to genre. The 12 track album blends traditional Latin sounds, pop, RnB, and rap in a cohesive and artistic way. Each song features Latin instrumentation along with elements of the other genres it is introducing, whether it be trap beats or upbeat pop rhythms. The album serves as a demonstration of the many talents Peluso is bringing to the table. By combining Latin instrumentation with hard-hitting beats, she has created a sound that is uniquely her own. Each track resembles provocative themes of love, desire, and sexual tension.
The track “Celebrè” kicks off the album with catchy lyrics and compelling rap verses about celebrating the beginning of her journey and how far she has come. This song introduces listeners to the flow of what is to come on the album. “Sana Sana” is filled with heavy beats and sharp rap verses. In the track, she compares herself to famous Argentine singer Mercede Sosa. This demonstrates the power and passion Peluso plans to bring as she proceeds with her music career.
The polished RnB track “Buenos Aires” was recorded with the backing band of one of the most influential rock artists in Argentina: Luis Alberto Spinetta. Peluso grew up in Buenos Aires and gained inspiration for the track from her experiences. This song is followed by “Delito,” which is filled with sexual-tension-filled lyrics fueled by rhythmic beats.
From here, the album takes a turn into the realm of pop music. “Sugga,” holds more of an upbeat feel, and features horn arrangements from Michael B. Nelson, who was known for his consistent collaborations with Prince. This song is about desire and whether it is a blessing or a curse. The next track, “Trío,” is very light and has a smooth flow. This song encompasses feelings of lust and entanglement.
“Business Woman” announces Peluso’s power and encompasses the relentless energy she has carried throughout her music. The track blends spanish with english and has massive box drum rhythms. “Business Woman” was released as a single leading up to the album, and was accompanied with a music video that theatrically shows Peluso’s authority.
The fluid track “Llamame” features more of Peluso’s RnB style. The song is filled with smooth beats and flowy vocals about knowing a love interest feels the same way but hides their emotions. “Amore Salvaje” demonstrates more genre-bending. The track begins with an RnB feel and ends with a more upbeat reggaeton vibe. This shows her dynamic ability to blend modern with more traditional Latin music while further discussing themes of desire.
“Puro Veneno” keeps the energy high with an updated version of salsa. The track has traditional Latin instrumentation and upbeat vocals, making it impossible for listeners to not want to dance along. “Agarrate” closes the album with a new-age take on tango. The track pays homage to her Argentinian roots and transforms into an old-school boom-bap sound. Lust is taken from a more painful perspective in this song, discussing a hurtful ending to a relationship. The song ends the album with a reminder of her effortless fusion of genres.
As a whole, the album fully compasses Nathy Peluso’s versatility as an artist. This album captures her modern approach to Latin music, updating it to fit into a variety of genres. Her use of Latin instrumentation in rap, RnB, and pop tracks shows that Latin sounds have a place in every genre. Her ability to combine these elements that have not crossed before in such an effortless way shows her talent and creativity. Peluso is an artist to keep an eye on, as her relentless risk-taking will lead her far on her musical journey and career.
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