Cineplexx: 'A Mi Lado'

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Currently based in Barcelona, Cineplexx is the work of Argentinean-born musician and graphic artist Sebastian Litmanovich. Though his name may be unfamiliar to many, Litmanovich is no newcomer. Inspired during a study abroad stint in New York City in 1996, he's been creating music under the Cineplexx name for the past decade. He's also collaborated with numerous artists, including fellow Argentine Federico Aubele who plays bass on two of the tracks on Cineplexx's latest album, Picnic.

Litmanovich describes Cineplexx as sounding like "someone who loves pop music." He backs this up on Picnic with a lush mix of 1960s rock, twee, and electro-pop. Litmanovich has also obviously been inspired by Belle & Sebastian, to the point of including a song named after them on the record. Like the rest of Picnic (with the exception of "Tiger Trap" featuring vocals by Duglas Stewart), the song "Belle & Sebastian" is sung entirely in Spanish. But translated to English, its lyrics reveal the importance of the Scottish band's discography in his life: "If the afternoon turns gray / I'll play my collection / So I won't feel alone / In my dumb situation / Today my CDs accompany me," Litmanovich sings.

But you don't have to understand Spanish to enjoy Picnic. The mood Cineplexx creates is compelling enough. So while a song like the lovely "A Mi Lado" may include a sad lyric or two about loneliness, its gentle electronic composition, coupled with Litmanovich's wistful voice conjures a setting just like the album's title suggests – a quiet picnic on a beautiful summer evening.

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