Find Joy In The Mayhem: Nathy Peluso’s Live Show Is A Reckless Ride

"I want the audience to feel it..."

Nathy Peluso is a tricky artist to write about because it’s impossible to pinpoint the music she makes. The Argentine explores styles and genres with unrivalled dexterity, spasmodically dropping singles that break from previous work and don’t belong to any album or cohesive project; her 2017 break out hit 'Corashe' is a brazen rap anthem, which was followed months later by sorrowful, soulful EP 'La Sandunguera'. Her 2020 debut album 'Calambre' is infused with Latin styles including bossa nova, bachata and salsa, and 2022 single 'Emergencia' voyeuristically escalates from throbbing electro into a full-blown rave. It’s impossible to say what will come next.

Somehow it all seems to make sense in Peluso’s live show, which she aptly describes to Clash Music as “a rollercoaster of emotions”. The erratic collection of songs and sounds mix together in a dizzyingly fun ride: the joy is in the mayhem. Peluso moves from seducing her audience with rose-throwing tango segments, only later to freaking them out with possessed dance convulsions that require mock resuscitations, “my show is very passionate,” she sums up.

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Find Joy In The Mayhem: Nathy Peluso’s Live Show Is A Reckless Ride

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This year, her Calambre tour has conquered massive audiences in Spain and Latin America, and she’s bringing it to London's Shepherd's Bush Empire in September. “It’s going to be special,” she told Clash. “I really enjoy it when I play smaller venues like Shepherd’s Bush, it’s more intimate… it becomes like a ritual.”

She’s also keen on following in the footsteps of icons before her, “A lot of my musical references come from the UK,” she said, citing Amy Winehouse in particular. “It’s beautiful to have the opportunity to play in a venue where she recorded her great live album. She’s an absolute inspiration for me.”

Peluso doesn’t care if you don’t speak Spanish or can’t sing along, she just wants to immerse you, “I try to think my show without a language barrier, to share something more than words. I want the audience to feel it.”

If you’re looking for a concept or thread to follow in Calambre show, you won’t find one. This is a patchwork of sounds and nothing ever feels static or dull. Dance salsa, grind, twerk, scream, cry. Do whatever you want. Seeing Peluso live is to fully understand her artistic prowess: inhibited, reckless freedom.

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Nathy Peluso plays O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire on September 18th, 2022.

Words: Charis McGowan
Photo Credit: Val Palavecino

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