Chilean artist/producer Alex Anwandter today returns with his first new single in three years, “Maricoteca.” A sultry party anthem ready for New Year's Eve playlists, “Maricoteca” was produced by the now Brooklyn, NY-based artist and arrives alongside a vibrant, cinematic video co-directed by himself and Josefina Alen and filmed in Buenos Aires, Argentina. “I wrote ‘Maricoteca’ as an ode to losing yourself on the dance floor: a place where you might find love, heartbreak, and the ‘perversion’ of society,” he explains with a laugh. “‘Maricoteca’ (‘Faggotheque’) is also the first song of a new album coming next year, which will explore dance culture and discothèques as the ultimate world where you can become who you really want to be.”
“Maricoteca” follows Anwandter’s 2019 single “Paco Vampiro”—a one-off spurred by that year’s Chilean protests—and his acclaimed fourth album, 2018’s Latinoamericana. The LP culminated in his third Latin Grammy Awards nomination ("Best Alternative Album") and garnered praise from The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Remezcla, and more.
Initially known as the lead singer of the band Teleradio Donoso, Anwandter has since emerged through his solo career as one of the most distinguished South American artists. His third album, 2016’s Amiga, peaked at #18 on the Billboard Latin Pop Albums chart—his first entry on a national music chart—and earned him his first two Latin Grammy Awards nominations (“Best New Artist” and “Best Short Form Music Video” for his single "Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón”). These nominations also led him to a groundbreaking performance of "Manifiesto" at the 2016 awards ceremony.
Anwandter—who also produced Julieta Venegas’ forthcoming new album Tu Historia, due out Nov. 11th—will soon reveal more news about his forthcoming fifth album due out next year.