Pitchfork Reviews Bestia by Hello Seahorse!

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Pitchfork is our biggest influence; we can really call them the evangelicals of avant-garde music, we may not always agree with their reviews (like in their Aterciopelados review when they argued Colombia didn’t need rock music) but they’re the main filter to discover the truly worthy releases to check out (I would also recommend Slant Magazine and The A.V. Club for album reviews). Unfortunately there’s not much attention towards any of the stuff coming from Iberoamerica, but it’s kind of exciting when one of those does pop up.

They gave a big boost to El Guincho’s Alegranza! last year when they gave him a BestNewMusic tag, perhaps because they didn’t need to understand his words, for the rest of the latin artists, among them Juana Molina and Café Tacvba, they always confess that they don’t really understand the language, and that’s a letdown because Spanish is Beautiful.

I visit the FrontPage every single night and today there it was, the album cover of Bestia stood up immediately, they’re known to be really strict with their scores and Hello Seahorse! gets a 7.1 rating, which is pretty good for an album “sure to kill a lot of stereotypes” and hopefully bring more attention to our exciting pool of music. Congrats to the trio, the whole world is watching!


  1. It's funny how most of the reviews for bestia declare it the "mature" third album, and "a step up" from the previews work, and Pitchfork basically has a couple of lines (and a prominent undertone) implying they liked better "Hoy a las Ocho". And seemingly, from reading the article, it must have been because this LP did not contain lyrics in english.

    I guess if we compiled reviews of spanish speaking bands listened by people who understan spanish, and people who don´t, we could determine an index of "the importance of language and its poetic applications in the perception of pop music".

  2. "the importance of language and its poetic applications in the perception of pop music"

  3. Mmm
    chido por lo de Bestia y Hello Seahorse...pero...¡por que es motivo de noticia cuando otras bandas "latinas" ya han sido reseñadas y nadie habia dicho nada?

    Kinky y su Atlas

    Cafe Tacuba



    De todos el que mas ha tenido una calificacion alta es el 4 Caminos de los Cafetos


  4. También reseñaron el disco de Antiguo Autómata Mexicano. El dude a cargo del proyecto me parecerá un wussy, pero el disco es bueno.

    No se por que para muchos reviewers/músicos/etc. su autoestima depende mucho de que reseñen o no en Pitchfork... vamos, que no es el mejor sitio de música en el Internet, ni mucho menos. Vaya que han inflado mierda hipster totalmente inescuchable como Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah y Dirty Projectors.

    Pero bueno, cada quién con sus traumas post-coloniales. Besitos.

  5. 'ches batos etno-centristas los de p4k, les vale coño cualquier cosa que provenga del sur y aún así allí andan mamándoles el pito esperando aprobación

    "there's a potential danger that the appearance of these young Mexican groups signals cultural co-optation, kind of like a musical analogue to the ubiquity of McDonalds in foreign countries"

    otro puto mcdonalds, hello seahorse y club fonograma