MP3: Planes - "Cosas Importantes"

Over the weekend, Camilo Lara (Mexican Institute of Sound) urged me to listen to what he claimed to be the best new wave music he’s heard in a while. To my surprise, he pointed to a band from Colombia. And I say it’s a surprise because that country’s recent indie success stories (Bomba Estereo, Systema Solar) shared an easier-to-export tropical infusion. Planes (Estudios Universales), in the other hand, will have to percolate in different ways. But let’s not underestimate the power of nostalgia (look at the rising success of bands like El Último Vecino and Univers). “Cosas Importantes,” off Planes' forthcoming debut album, Las Américas, is heart-trenching material for anyone who’s ever needed music adjacent to skylines. Those open vocal tracts in the song's bridge justify the seamless absence of a definite vocal chorus, whose space is instead, occupied by a grandeur instrumentation that raptures through melodic escapism. Grab the MP3 via Soundcloud.