I’ve always been a fan of Jenni Livingston’s mid-’80s doc, Paris Is Burning, which featured all kinds of New York based ‘ball’ culture and first introduced the world to Voguing, pre-Madonna. I was pleasantly reminded of that film while watching this catchy new song by the very handsome and charismatic Alex Anwandter.
Anwandter is already a favorite at NPR, where his new single was recently featured:“Chilean pop prince Alex Anwandter’s ‘Cómo puedes vivir contigo mismo?’ (How Can You Live With Yourself?) pays homage to the 1990 film Paris Is Burning, but is also an instant gay pride anthem for a country that recently was the site of homophobic violence.”
From the press release:
One of the leading names of Chile’s new, vibrant pop scene, Anwandter brings together ’80s-influenced dance music and emotional songwriting, presented with an engaging live performance full of intimacy and showmanship. The album’s romantic melodies, lush strings, and poignant lyrics tug at heart-strings, while crisp percussion and upbeat basslines keep the body moving.
The album has already earned a rare 4 1/2 star review at influential buzz blog “Club Fonograma,” which writes, “A fervent defender of gay rights, Anwandter reintroduces a valuable document of the LGBT community and cinema with the excellent production we’ve come to expect from him.”
I’m leaning toward agreeing. It’s a bold, brave, and sexy song/video that I can’t seem to stop playing.
Check out the entire album on iTunes: