Las Robertas Release Psychedelic New Single ‘Our Imperium’ Out Now
“Superb garage rock from Costa Rica” – Clash
“Fuzzed-out Costa Rican garage rippers” Gorilla vs Bear
“Las Robertas serves up a sunny set of tunes tinged with surf-rock and psychedelia and surrounded by its hallmark sylphic vocals” NPR
Following the release of their wavey single ‘Awakening’, Costa Rica’s Las Robertas kick start 2023 with new track ‘Our Imperium’, the second to be taken from their forthcoming new album Love Is The Answer. The album comes out February 3rd on Kanine Records.
Produced by Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve, New Order), ‘Our Imperium’ is a sonic trip back to the 90s, soaked in reverb and driven by a vibey bassline and lead singer Mercedes Oller’s hazy vocals. “Being a woman in this world and these times is not easy, we all have to fight situations and train to become the best warriors we could ever be,” Mercedes said of the lyrics. “We all wish for a promised land, and we’ll get there together.”
The track comes alongside a cosmic video directed by Costa Rican designer Alejandro Arturo, known as El Rayo. “Inspired by 90s psychedelia and high contrast videos from that decade, we came up with this dramatic and soothing sequence,” El Rayo said of the video. “The lyrics really struck me at first glance. When Mercedes explained to me where they came from, I felt a need to deliver her message in the visuals too.” Watch the video for ‘Our Imperium’ HERE.
A labour of love, the band began recording Love Is The Answer with Owen Morris in December 2019 in Hermosillo, Mexico and with factors out of their hands finished the project sporadically throughout 2020 back in San José. A blend of 90s rock, shoegaze and drenched in influence from psyche rock, the album delivers nine measures of raw, fuzzed out, guitar driven brilliance with an infectious pop edge. Lyrically the LP finds love towards the universe, individual freedom and hope in a time where the world seems ever closer to being consumed in chaos. “It is what pain sounds like,” Felipe says of the album. “But if you go beyond the sad layers of the songs, you’ll end up with guidance full of hope and strength to keep on going.”
Growing up in Costa Rica, an ecological country known for its biodiversity, the band found solace in the nature that surrounded them and gravitated towards each other at a young age for their joint love of music. Having played in various bands together over the years the group has built a small, but strong scene in a place where music venues are sparse. Now with a debut record in their hands the band has a will to take their music to all corners of the world.
With tour dates in the works for 2023 and excitement already brewing for their debut full length, Las Robertas are set to soundtrack next summer. Don’t sleep on them!!
Las Robertas are: Mercedes Oller, Russell Davis, Felipe Oller, Daniela García and Fabrizio Duran.