Onda Vaga

Onda Vaga

 Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires F.D., ARG

Listening to Argentine folk pop quintet Onda Vaga is like eavesdropping on an endless unplugged indie in spanish jam going down on a beach somewhere.



- 10 concerts in 6 days (8 at Fuji Rock, 2 in Tokyo).

- They were the Nº1 selling CD at Fuji Rock official goods store (1,500 cd's. More than Radiohead, Stone Roses, Justice...)

- There's going to be a japanese tour between april and may 2013 with the next album release.

- Onda Vaga is right now (october 2012) a best seller in Tower Records in Tokio.

- Billboard review: http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/global/radiohead-headlines-onda-vaga-lights-up-1007778352.story

- Time Out review: “The undisputed heroes of this year's Fuji Rock Festival were Onda Vaga”: http://www.timeout.jp/en/tokyo/feature/6022/Fuji-Rock-Onda-Vaga-interview

- Some videos at Fuji Rock:
* Continente de Perlas: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cgd_8bEUzx8
* Daydream Believer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzzU8T6PaTM
* interview and live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6SLGcR7xSQ

- Onda Vaga's album "Moshi Moshi, Best Album For Japan" released in Japan by Uncle Owen.


Only, it’s not like someone just brought a beat up old guitar to the party. They also brought friends who brought beat up trumpets and trombones and beat up percussion instruments and their warm, broken-in voices. Maybe it’s because the members all share the vocals, but it always sounds like there are way more than five of them. The sound they create together is unforgettable and so immediate you could believe they wrote the songs on the spot as a friend casually held up a microphone.

Don’t be fooled. Their impassioned acoustic pop, with its Spanish gypsy guitars and melancholy horns, isn’t the kind of thing that happens by accident. It’s not that it’s contrived by any means. It’s just that these dudes have been working on their secret sauce for awhile now and at this point it is very well seasoned.

You can see just how comfortably this righteous ensemble clicks in their captivating Take Away Show videos for La Blogoteque, and you can hear it in their recent recordings too. Their sophomore album, Espiritu Salvaje, which came out in late 2010, is bigger and brassier than their 2008 debut Fuerte y Caliente. Tracks like “Continente de Perlas” are driving and energetic, but suffused with wistfulness. It sounds as though the sun is setting on their get together but, rather than pack it in, they’re just getting warmed up.

As an aside, the members of Onda Vaga also have that cute, funny, sleepy eyed Flight of the Conchords thing going on. And you know a shot of scruffy charisma never made music worse.


- Fuerte y Caliente (2007)
- Espiritu Salvaje (2010)
- Moshi Moshi - Best Album For Japan (2012)