Wait Think Fast: 'Cien Fuegos'

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Wait Think Fast is one of the current standouts in a burgeoning scene of ethnically and musically diverse Los Angeles-based bands. Fronted by Argentinean-born vocalist and pianist Jacqueline Santillan, the quartet adds distinct flavor to its atmospheric, post-punk sound by using both Spanish and English for its bilingual lyrics. Wait Think Fast released a self-titled debut EP last year, and it's recently followed it up with the 7-song Vuelve al Mar, on L.A.'s Origami Records.

Vuelve al Mar begins with the seductive and spacey "Cura," which tells of the superstitions and folklore Santillan heard while growing up. Beautifully noisy guitar accompanies ghostly piano while Santillan switches between Spanish and English lyrics in transitions so smooth, they're hardly noticeable. "Cura" is followed by "Clear Our Name," a song entirely in English and one that has landed Wait Think Fast on L.A. radio waves. It's easy to hear why it's caught the attention of the public. Haunting, tightly crafted, with thoughtful lyrics (an approachable discussion of immigration, in this case), "Clear Our Name" perfectly showcases all of Wait Think Fast's strengths.

Later, the group abandons its fuzzy guitars for the glittering beauty of "Cien Fuegos." Its swaying, dreamlike melody will lull any listener, whether they understand Spanish or not. Like the rest of Vuelve al Mar, the emotive nature of "Cien Fuegos" easily transcends any language barrier.

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