Born out of Chicago, but inspired by their Colombian and Cuban roots, garage-psych outfit Divino Niño has built a sound as bright as their Latin roots and as laid-back as their midwestern home base. Their sophomore LP The Shady Sexyfornia Tapes is a reflection of this energy, with an impressive 16 total tracks each tinged with a relaxed, sun-faded feel—perfect for slowing drifting down a lazy river while slipping into their lush, washed-out soundscapes.
The project follows their first full-length album Pool Jealousy, which in comparison to their newest, was much louder—more energetic and aggressive. By giving their post-psych, garage-imbued sound some breathing room, Divino Niño’s found comfort in more spacious production, subtle vocals and plenty of tropical reverb.
Lead single, “Time,” plays with generous, textured percussion as lead vocalist Camilo Medina sings about the complex concept of time over instrumentation that sounds like floating through air. “La noche es un triste amanecer, y quiziera estar con ella,” he coos, effortlessly bouncing in-between both english and spanish lyrics. They’ve been loosely compared to fellow Chicago band Twin Peaks, as well as Canada’s Mac DeMarco, but Divino Niño’s certainly carving out a space all their own.
Guillermo Rodriguez (Guitar), Pierce Codina (Drums), Javier Forero (Bass & Vocals), Camilo Medina (Guitar & Vocals)
“The Shady Sexyfornia Tapes is a collection of lustful and romantic recordings that came together in our Chicago home in 2015,” Medina explains. “The inspiration behind this was to make a summer mixtape that will take you on a misty ride through some questionable avenues and backstreets. We promise to be sweet.”
Listen to the BULLETT premiere, below, and pre-order the album, here.