This Week On Alt.Latino: Scarily Good New Music

American actor Janet Leigh screams in the shower in the famous scene from the 1960 film 'Psycho,' directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images) i i

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American actor Janet Leigh screams in the shower in the famous scene from the 1960 film 'Psycho,' directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)

American actor Janet Leigh screams in the shower in the famous scene from the 1960 film 'Psycho,' directed by Alfred Hitchcock. (Photo by Paramount Pictures/Courtesy of Getty Images)

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I'm not one for scary movies. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I'm one of those people who's a pain in the rear to go to a horror flick with. I scream too loud, I groan and I'm the classic wimp who covers her eyes during the scarier scenes, but demands that the person next to me narrate. In fact, my first scary movie experience, when I was a young and impressionable child, ended with a Heimlich maneuver of sorts: I was watching the black and white film The Picture Of Dorian Gray (based on the Oscar Wilde novel) and got so terrified during the final scene I literally inhaled the carrot stick I was snacking on.

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However cheesy the special effects, it's still a powerful scene. A good part of that is the music — the screeching violins, the abrupt halts that indicate that you should be very scared. A classic example of music being used to terrify audiences comes from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho shower scene, in which practically no physical violence is shown. Rather, it's the violins that do the stabbing.

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When we were assembling this week's show, I noticed that a lot of our new releases had an eerie, scary-movie feel to them. Spain's Los Claveles does a psychobilly ballad that sounds like a murderer escaping down the highway, while their compatriots El Columpio Asesino sound more like carpooling to the disco with Hannibal Lecter.

My personal favorite this week is our premiere of "Restart" by Mexicans with Guns, a haunting digital tune with vocals by the amazing Sasha Perera (although it sounds more like her ghost trapped in a closet). Finally, there's the sweet Colombian Lido Pimienta, who sings about wanting to be a good person, and with that angelic voice, you've got to wonder what she did that was so bad.

As always, we want to hear your thoughts about the music, and what you've been listening to lately. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show — but whatever you do, chew your carrots!

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Esta Semana En Alt.Latino: Musica Nueva Y Escalofriante

Les voy a confesar algo: no me gustan las películas de terror. Cualquiera que me conozca les dirá que soy una de esas personas que se comportan de manera insoportable durante las películas de miedo. Grito demasiado fuerte, emito todo tipo de gemidos, y soy la clásica cobarde que se tapa los ojos durante las escenas más fuertes, pero pretende que el pobre infeliz que se sentó a su lado le narre la escena. Es mas, mi primera experiencia con el cine de horror, cuando yo era una niña pequeña, terminó conmigo atragantada y ahogándome: estaba viendo El Retrato De Dorian Gray, clásica película de horror del cine blanco y negro, y la última escena me aterrorizó tanto que inhalé un trozo de zanahoria que estaba comiendo.

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Aunque en retrospectiva los efectos especiales son bastante malos, sigue siendo una escena poderosa. Y en parte eso se debe a la música: los chillidos del violín y los silencios abruptos que te indican que algo horrible esta por ocurrir. Un clásico ejemplo del uso de la música viene del maestro Alfred Hitchcock en Psycho. Durante la famosa escena de la ducha, prácticamente no se muestra violencia física. En realidad, son los violines que apuñalan a la mujer.

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Cuando planeábamos el show de esta semana, notamos que muchas de las canciones que estábamos escuchando tenían una onda fantasmagórica, como de película de terror. Los españoles de Los Claveles hacen una balada psychobilly que suena como un asesino que se escapa por la ruta A42, mientras sus compatriotas de El Columpio Asesino suenan como ir a la discoteca con Hannibal Lecter.

Mi canción preferida del show de esta semana es "Restart" de Mexicans with Guns, un tema digital que incluye la escalofriante voz de Sasha Perera (que suena mas bien como si se tratase del fantasma de Sasha Perera, atrapado en un placard.)

Terminamos el show con "Buena Persona" de la dulce Lido Pimienta. Esta joven colombiana canta sobre su deseo de ser una mejor persona, pero canta con una voz tan angelical, que uno se tiene que preguntar ¿Que pudo haber hecho que fue tan malo?

Como siempre, queremos escuchar lo que piensan ustedes sobre la música. Siéntense, relájense, y disfruten el show. Pero hagan lo que hagan, ¡Mastiquen bien sus zanahorias!

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