Spotlight On: Andrea Balency Trio

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Never in the history of Mexican rock and alternative music have there been as many successful leading ladies as there are today. Up until a few years ago, the audience at Vive Latino (the Mexican equivalent to Coachella) would literally force female singers off stage demanding harder rock. In contrast, at the last Vive Latino, we witnessed masses of fans singing along with female singers.

Experienced Mexican rockers Julieta Venegas and Ely Guerra have paved the way for the success of newcomers such as Carla Morrison and Ximena Sariñana, among other promising talents. The latest voice to emerge is 21-year-old Andrea Balency. Born in Paris, the artist has settled in Mexico, capturing the hearts of music critics and fans alike. Hear her perform the song "Mizraïm" ("Egypt" in Old Hebrew):

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She has an angelic voice and is a remarkably skillful composer. It was initially a solo project with classical music leanings, until Balency (who is also part of popular Mexican band Torreblanca) found musical soulmates in Jerson Vazquez and Miguel Sandoval, and became the more pop-infused Andrea Balency Trio. The band was recently awarded with the Best New Artist recognition by Mexico's Indie-O Music Awards, and received nothing but enthusiastic responses for their performance at this year's Vive Latino.

Somewhere between the melodic expressionism of Argentine singer Juana Molina and Patsy Cline, Balency's heartwarming melodies are revealed in the band's debut EP Mizraïm. Singing in Spanish, English and French, she proves that newcomers can be unorthodox and still maintain the appeal of the girl next door.

She recently covered "Lycra Mistral" from Spaniard pop sensation El Guincho, turning a fast-paced club song into a slow jam that is both sexy and vulnerable:

The Andrea Balency Trio has a promising future — and an enthusiastic audience right now.

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El Trío Andrea Balency

Jamás en la historia del rock mexicano han habido tantas mujeres al frente. Hasta hace un par de años la audiencia del festival Vive Latino literalmente echaba a las cantantes de los escenarios, pidiendo un sonido mas duro. Pero este año el ambiente del Vive Latino fue muy distinto: vimos a las masas cantar al son de las fantásticas canautoras que reinaron en el festival.

Veteranas rockeras mexicanas como Julieta Venegas y Ely Guerra han abierto las puertas para los éxitos de jovenes músicas como Carla Morrison y Ximena Sariñana, entre otras. La mas reciente vocalista en surgir es Andrea Balency, de tan solo 21 años. Nacida en Paris, Balency reside en México, y a capturado los corazones de la prensa y los oyentes por igual. Aquí les paso la canción "Mizraïm" (lo cual significa "Egipto" en hebreo).

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Balency tiene una voz angelical y es una compositora sumamente talentosa. Inicialmente esto se trataba de un projecto solista con tendencia hacia la música clásica, hasta que Balency (que también forma parte de la popular banda mexicana Torreblanca) conoció a Jerson Vazquez y Miguel Sandoval, y así nació el Trío Andrea Balency, con un sonido mucho mas pop. Hace poco la banda recibió el premio Indie-O mexicano al mejor nuevo artista, y no ha recibido mas que halagos durante el más reciente Vive Latino.

En Mizraïm, su EP debut, podemos ver como las dulces melodías de Balency son parecidas a las de la cantante argentina Juana Molina, y su voz es similar a la de la icónica Patsy Cline. Canta en español, inglés y francés, y demuestra que si se puede ser un novato y quebrar las reglas a la misma vez.

Hace poco Balency hizo un cover de "Lycra Mistral", del español El Guincho, convirtiendo una frenético canción de discoteca en una balada sexy y vulnerable.

El Trío Andrea Balency tiene un futuro prometedor—y una audiencia que los adora.

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