Mellow songs sung in Spanish?
May 13, 2010 6:27 PM   Subscribe

What are some mellow, dreamlike songs sung in Spanish?

I'm making a stop-motion video, and for the music I'm looking for a song similar to Sia's "Breathe Me" (just in Spanish), though if you can think of another song that's different but would probably work feel free to share!
posted by kylej to Media & Arts (28 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
 
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posted by molybdenumblue at 6:37 PM on May 13, 2010


Mellow + Spanish = Savath & Savalas
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 6:38 PM on May 13, 2010


Perhaps you want Balún. They're originally from Puerto Rico and they make very mellow, dreamlike music. Lyrics, when there are some, are usually in Spanish or English. There's a bunch of mp3s on their site, and they have some releases on their Bandcamp page that are "name your price" (aka free if you want).
posted by sleeping bear at 6:42 PM on May 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


On preview:

Seconding Savath + Savalas and recommending side project Helado Negro.
posted by sleeping bear at 6:43 PM on May 13, 2010


Lucha de Gigantes by Nacha Pop (from the Amores Perros soundtrack).
posted by Majorita at 6:45 PM on May 13, 2010


How about Chan Chan by Buena Vista Social Club. It's very mellow.
posted by mokeydraws at 6:47 PM on May 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


Well I immediately thought of "sun king" on abbey road, but it's only half Spanish and sun by englishmen.
posted by ExitPursuedByBear at 6:49 PM on May 13, 2010


I´d check out Juana Molina´s work. Also Gaby Kerpel, particularly his album Carnabailito.
posted by dr. boludo at 6:59 PM on May 13, 2010


I like Tish Hinojosa-very mellow and very nice voice.
posted by supercapitalist at 7:12 PM on May 13, 2010


I don't know about sounding like Sia, but you don't get more dreamlike in Spanish than Panis et Circenses by Os Mutantes.
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 7:40 PM on May 13, 2010


Caetano Veloso - Cucurrucucu Paloma.
posted by grrarrgh00 at 7:48 PM on May 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


I don't know about sounding like Sia, but you don't get more dreamlike in Spanish than Panis et Circenses by Os Mutantes.

Awesome song, but in Portuguese.
posted by clearlydemon at 7:59 PM on May 13, 2010 [1 favorite]


De Cara a La Pared, by Lhasa -- not great sound quality on the youtube clip I linked to, but it's a beautiful song.
posted by kaudio at 8:13 PM on May 13, 2010


How about "La Soledad" by Pink Martini?
posted by danceswithlight at 8:31 PM on May 13, 2010


How about some Jeanette? She's awesome. Her most famous song is Por qué te vas? Although I wouldn't recommend using it, since it was featured very prominently in Carlos Saura's Cria Cuervos.
posted by MrMisterio at 8:51 PM on May 13, 2010


Seconding Lhasa... May she rest in peace.
posted by Sustainable Chiles at 9:49 PM on May 13, 2010


Mi Vida - Manu Chao. not sure why this link has an annoying hiss noise through it, the album version I have doesn't have that.
posted by Admira at 9:53 PM on May 13, 2010


Check out Lulacruza's album "Do Pretty!" More or less the whole thing is dreamy. Sparse lyrics, but they're there.
posted by Grimp0teuthis at 10:09 PM on May 13, 2010


Besame Mucho - I know the Beatles version the best, but many exist and surely some must work.
posted by knile at 10:56 PM on May 13, 2010


Paula by Zoe is pretty dreamy.

(disclaimer: my name is Paula)
posted by cobain_angel at 10:59 PM on May 13, 2010


Something by b-tribe maybe? Like "Hableme" ?
posted by ob1quixote at 11:17 PM on May 13, 2010


Perdido sin ti by Ricky Martin. A really underrated song, I think.
posted by Valuev at 4:40 AM on May 14, 2010


Que Dolor by Sapien (from the Kruder & Dorfmeister DJ Kicks CD).
posted by hydatius at 5:40 AM on May 14, 2010


¿Quién? and/or Quiero by Juana Molina
posted by jammy at 6:14 AM on May 14, 2010


also, Sulky by Gustavo Cervati

and seconding De Cara a la Pared (studio version) - her voice on this song is utterly exquisite
posted by jammy at 6:22 AM on May 14, 2010


Well, that's a bit embarrassing. As should be clear by now, I speak neither Spanish nor Portuguese.
posted by kingjoeshmoe at 6:37 AM on May 14, 2010


When I was in Argentina, I picked up an album by a band/musician called El Robot Bajo El Agua. I think it fits your description of dreamlike and mellow pretty well - it's kind of Postal-Service-like in the mixing of songwriter pop and electronics, but more mellow, and the beats all flow into each other throughout all of the songs, leading to a very hypnotic effect. I don't know how lucky you'll be to find a downloadable MP3 of one of his songs - I googled and got a bunch of sketchy download sites - but you can listen to a stream on the offical site I linked above.
posted by matildaben at 7:22 AM on May 14, 2010


Duerme negrito by Atahualpa Yupanqui (this version by Mercedes Sosa).

Sueño con serpientes by Silvio Rodriguez (sorry for the cheesey video).
posted by stinker at 12:30 PM on May 14, 2010


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