Nelson Valente Aguilar, an Austinite by way of border town McAllen Texas, is chief songwriter for indie-cumbia-pop quartet Como Las Movies. He combines his pan-Latin and contemporary influences into a duality that NPR described as “...a colorful, cultural soundscape from a unique blend of instruments.”
“¿YPQSP?”, the band’s 2019 7” vinyl release, takes a fresh look at cumbia rhythms that transcends the lexicon of typical Latin sounds punctuating their signature blend of pop with a mix of dreamy soundscapes to create a lane all its own. The title track was hand picked by Spotify curators to appear on the LATINX Indie editorial playlist.
In addition to a “Best Latin Band” nomination in the 2020 Austin Music Awards, Como Las Movies has showcased for SXSW, Austin’s Blues on the Green summer series, and NPR’s Tiny Desk Tour. In 2020, the band collaborated with Trucha Soul, a Cumbia vinyl label, and is slated to release a 7” 45RPM vinyl this Fall.
“...occupying a space where traditional Tejano, Cumbia, and Son Jarocho music meet face to face with synth-heavy new wave inspiration. It’s not a dense space with many inhabitants...in fact they may be there by themselves.”
- José Galvan KCRW
“...expressly cinematic, but thrives on spacey Latin pop tunes...”
-Kevin Curtin, The Austin Chronicle
“...a band for the world we grew up in: where The Cure could coexist with Soda Estereo, where cumbia was just as common as Depeche Mode.”
“Don’t be surprised if you hear them in the near future on the big screen...”
-Joel Moya, Remezcla