Watch a powerful live performance of Alumine's "Lele."
Alumine is a four-piece queer pop group hailing from Gainesville, FL. Alu Soto is the driving force behind the band, and their lyrics recount their experiences with everything from anxiety to depression to shutting out abusers. Their Argentinian background also plays a strong role in their music, most visibly through Spanish song titles. Soto is also an influential member of the Gainesville music scene, booking rad shows and helping out with Florida DIY label/collective Coolicide. The collective puts out releases by local bands and artists, and they also recorded Alumine's newest music video.
The video is a live recording of the band when they opened for Woolbright at Gainesville venue The Midnight. It centers around song "Lele," a recent cut off Alumine's brand new self-titled EP. The song is packed with poppy and math-y riffs, with constant speed ups and slow downs to keep listeners on their toes. This video has all the thrill and intensity of watching an actual live show (but in the quiet of your own home). Soto's voice is pure and raw as they yell into the microphone, "I don't need to see more clearly / I don't need to be more happy!" Lauren and Andrea, guitarist and bassist respectively, play skillfully, and the camera focuses on their fingers as they slide up and down the frets with ease. The drummer, Pedro, plays with an intense energy that keeps the band together perfectly through the speed changes. And then, right before the last chorus, the whole band pauses, the air is still. Soto steps up to the mic with a crucial message about checking up on friends, and then the instruments burst back in to grandly finish off the song.
Listen to Alumine on bandcamp.
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