Miami-based bands Las Nubes and Palomino Blond come together and share their new split EP via BuFu Records. The 4-track offering gives listeners an ample offering of alternative rock, nostalgic distortion, and grunge. It boasts of a DIY ethos yet is cleanly produced, as both sides of the split were recorded and mixed by Jonathan Nuñez, and mastered by Zach Weeks out of GodCity Studio. While both bands simmer in the same vein of alt-rock, there are elemental distinctions that speak to each band’s style, making it an ideal listen and snapshot for the alternative scene in Miami.
Las Nubes kicks off the split with their lo-fi disgruntle, “Demonize.” The trio, comprised of Ale Campos (guitar/vocals), Nina Carolina (bass/vocals), and Emile Milgrim (drums), slowly trek their uncertainty, thanks to lingering shoe-gazed vocals and a natural heavy build. It’s a 2-minute sludge that socially reflects, comments, and pulls inspiration from the 2016 documentary by Ava DuVernay “13th;” which shows the “intersection of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States.”
Somber sentiments shift towards a firm assertion on “Tararear (Hum)” the second track from the band which is sung completely in Spanish. The tempo is livelier than its predecessor and is thrown through a distorted filter, accompanied by lo-fi chamber echoes. It repeats many characteristics of alt-rock specifically from the ’90s that sets up the second half by Palomino Blond.
The quartet that is Palomino Blond — which is fronted by guitarists and vocalists Carli Acosta and Kyle Fink, alongside bassist Raven Nieto and drummer Jake Karner — take their alt-rock sound to a more progressive rock realm. While “7th Heaven” is still a moody and crunchy ballad, there are icicles of punk-pop heard on the chorus. Distorted guitar screeches simmer the melodious flow for an impactful bite. With less vocal reverb on certain points, potent vocal cries are appreciated more and showcase the band’s range.
There’s a hard cut to the next track, “Damage,” which intentionally rattles the vitality of the track. Palomino Blond play with garage rock and find a contemporary vigor in tempo. It quickly burns and then finds pockets of post-grunge guitar breaks that rely on a frenzy of notes being plucked.
1. “Demonize” – Las Nubes
2. “Tararear” – Las Nubes
3. “7th Heaven” – Palomino Blond
4. “Damage” – Palomino Blond
You can purchase the split now via Bandcamp.