Chilean Indie Icon Gepe Mixes Electronics, Folk and Profound Poetry

Gepe presents the perfect combination of what we love in our sentimental folk singers and something you can only find in Latin America: sex, sentiment and drama. (Is that a stereotype?)

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The indie folk musician, a Latin-lover persona mixed with low-fi electroncis akin to New York's Hot Chip, has collected a large cult following over the span of his five-year career. Pretty girls with bangs, red lipstick and high heels wept to his softer, more heartfelt favorites like "No te mueras tanto" (Don't die so much) and "Los barcos" (The boats). His groupies prove that not only is Gepe a practiced musician and sexy indie boy but also a profound poet.

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With few words and an acoustic guitar, Gepe reflects on the contradictions between two people in love alongside a greater analogy of the coming and going oceanic tides. He's a brilliant romantic--if I was a Chilean wearing high heels and red lipstick, I probably would’ve been crying, too.

Many say the artist and his band are reminiscent of the classic Victor Jara, but for me it’s a whole new brand of folk that kids can relate to. Along the lines of what Nirvana did for grunge in the United States, Gepe is making folk modern in the mainstream. While Kurt Cobain cited American blues icon Lighntin' Hopkins as one of his greatest influences, Gepe epitomizes Nueva Canción classics, The Beach Boys, Daft Punk and Los Prisioneros. This medley of influences is undoubtedly what makes his music great.

One thing you can always get out of a Gepe show is a long sweaty set and lots of bird-call noises uplifting the crowd like a Jesus of pop (or, at least, Gregory Issacs).

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