We have a new favorite in the “bands named after places they aren’t from” and “bands that are hard to Google” categories. Chile’s Dënver, once you track them down (make sure to use the umlaut), will reward you with a full menu of tender pop delicacies.
The Chilean duo, Mariana Montenegro and Milton Mahan, named their music project for the American city in Colorado, after being inspired by Jack Kerouac’s beatnik novel On the Road.
The name is a very fitting container for their house specialty: Grand and expansive pop, that fills with warm layers of breathy vocals and electronic hum. It’s tempting to call it road trip pop.
Their road-readiness is underscored by this deceptively sunny video for their song “Lo Que Quiero.” The song itself makes the point well too. The orchestral strings and triumphant melody were made for driving, especially if you are young, the weather’s nice, and you are going nowhere in particular.
Though they are young, Montenegro and Mahan themselves don’t seem the least bit directionless. The pair grew up in the small city of San Felipe but moved to Santiago to pursue their music and their education. Their electronically laced debut Totoral pricked up ears all over South America. And now the slightly more rock ‘n’ roll single “Los Adolescentes” off their sophomore album Música, Gramática, Gimnasia is lighting around the music blogs like sprightly dragonfly.
If “Los Adolescentes” is any indication, Dënver’s big, atmospheric pop is on the move — and with a clear sense of purpose.
Photo Courtesy of Dënver