The driving light to the new album ELETÉ from Lucia Tacchetti is her almost ethereal vocals. Although, like the artistic chameleon that she is, Tacchetti has a way of making the songs sound like she’s crooning just as much as she’s harmonizing. While other pop singers are frivolous with their beats and auto-tuning, Tacchetti delivers unguarded performances. Yes, there are times when the electronica props up her voice to add drama and character to the song, but ELETÉ is overall one of 2020’s most dynamic albums from the heart of one of indie music’s most interesting talents.
Tacchetti, who is based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, has semblances of Latin and North American influences in her work. She sings all 10 songs in Spanish, but no need to be standoffish. I can’t find a single reason to not listen to all of these tracks – she’s quite a lovely singer. From the first track, “Apagón” to the last song, “Mandamiento”, Tacchetti sings songs that cover happenstance and identity. I imagine she’s singing about societal pressures, too, and following one’s heart. What surprised me most about ELETÉ is that her voice is so petite, but rooted with a bit of a blues base. She can sound just slightly falsetto at times (think Mariah Carey) and at other times she can be just as sensual and more mature sounding.
I was also struck by the balance between her voice and the music beds. Many of the songs had trap-like beats, some sounding more organic than others. But, for the most part, they are not too adrenalized. She stays within her lane and contains herself to this dreamy, bedroom pop, lofty sound. She has a way to make some of the tracks divert from that cheerfulness. I found “Laberinto” to be nefarious sounding. I kept waiting for her to raise her voice or to hit different octaves. She let the music set a different mood, one of enigma. In “Invisible”, I too thought the sonic journey would take a different path. I listened to this one a few more times than the rest and found different nuances each time – it’s a great song. It really grew on me and I felt so connected to the idea of wanting to be seen by people. I think she speaks for a lot of listeners in this regard. What really wraps the bow on the gift (of this song) is that because this album feels very personal overall, Tacchetti is accessible. She gives her listeners the impression that she’s not above them, she’s not distanced. She’s just like them. I don’t think you’ve felt that in a lot of pop stars from the past, but that’s definitely changing. I think artists like Tacchetti are making that happen.
The verdict? If you like your music to give you avenues to explore your own personal feelings, than Tacchetti is the artist for you. If you like your music to be an escape, where you don’t have to decipher each word and want to be fully engaged into the music bed and maybe even dance a little, then Tacchetti is the artist for you. You can’t go wrong with Tacchetti’s ELETÉ.