Fin del Mundo (End of the World) are a post-rock/shoegaze band hailing from Buenos Aires, Argentina, though some of the members grew up near Tierra del Fuego, at the southernmost edge of the continent. That’s partially what the band’s name refers to; not an apocalyptic end of the world, but the end of a geographic as well as a familiar one (pre-rampant fascism, pre-rampant xenophobia, pre-pandemic, etc). It’s an important distinction, not only because the band’s music doesn’t sound apocalyptic at all, but also because it doesn’t fully dwell on the loss of the past.
As the band explains it:
“It’s kind of like now we’ve left behind the “old world” and now we have the new one. We talked about this the other day. That’s how it seems. And sometimes, I mean, it’s kind of scary. And a lot of people are wondering if things are going to go back to the way they were before. And a lot of people say that no. So I think that yeah, as Lu said, we’re at the end of a time.”1
Musically, Fin del Mundo sound like a perfect blend of post-rock, shoegaze, and dream pop with a slice of indie sharpness. It’s plucky, gorgeous, swirling, and delightfully thick. Most of the songs from their two-EP deep catalog lean toward the instrumental and feature long, sweeping intros and sparse lyrics. Like post-rock, there’s no reliable semblance of the standard verse/chorus songs structure. Instead, the lyrics simply occupy a progression in the arrangement.
Lyrically, the songs are poetic and dreamlike, evoking feelings of nostalgia, longing, and resigned anxiety—all that entails coming to “the end of the world.” There are also notes of hope, perseverance, and the grace of the natural world. Translating the lyrics from Spanish, the sense of loss is readily evident, but there are also moments of peace and lightness, like in the lyrically brief “Hacia los Bosques”:
It’s just that I opened the window a moment ago
And on the thin wings of the wind
Spring has brought me its sun
I discovered this band by serendipitously stumbling into KEXP’s YouTube channel and watching a few other Argentinian bands. They’re all worth checking out, but Fin del Mundo’s performance has me totally floored. I listened to it all day, and it put a much-needed smile on my face. Kudos to KEXP’s sound production team on this, because it is absolutely pristine. If this gets released as a live recording, I will buy the absolute crap out of it.
Anyways, the band’s performance is below, and I (clearly) highly recommend it if you’re into any of the aforementioned genres.
- Emilyann McKelvey, Standing at the Edge of the World With Fin del Mundo, La La Lista