La Chica Banda
Debajo del Mar
With 1992’s genre-spanning eponymous debut, Café Tacvba heralded a new folk-steeped, avant-garde sound that would later help build to the foundations for Latin alternative music. Ranging from buoyant baladas (“Las Batallas”) to frenetic cowpunk (“Pinche Juan”) to beautifully nostalgic boleros (“María”), the Mexico City quartet showed that their affinity for disparate stylistic configurations could be both masterful and beguiling. It’s where Mexican traditionalism and trailblazing Anglo rock mesh.