Imaginaries

Imaginaries

by Quetzal
     
 
A band based in East Los Angeles, Quetzal seek to "create good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of Chicanas and Chicanos of East Los Angeles and their kindred spirits, locally and around the globe." They generally succeed in both of those goals, though not evenly across all songs. The album opens with a

Overview

A band based in East Los Angeles, Quetzal seek to "create good music that tells the social, cultural, political, and musical stories of Chicanas and Chicanos of East Los Angeles and their kindred spirits, locally and around the globe." They generally succeed in both of those goals, though not evenly across all songs. The album opens with a beautiful 5/4 composition that blends the two purposes handily: with a deceptively light touch and tight harmonies, "2+0+1+2=Cinco" proposes a future environmental dystopia; "Time Will Tell" and the spectacular "Luz y Miel" are similarly well-crafted songs that pair a message of social uplift with a compelling musical concept. But when things fall flat, the thud can be pretty loud. On the lyrical side, there's the inexcusably mean-spirited "Du�rmete," in which a "cynical man" gets his apparently just reward by being hit by a bus; despite its infectious son montuno beat, the song is just nasty. And one doesn't have to be a political reactionary to be a little bit discomfited by the uncritically supportive "Intifada," nor does one have to be a starry-eyed romantic to be dismayed that the message of "Todo Lo Que Tengo" -- a simple and tenderly gorgeous song of romantic devotion and commitment -- is tempered in the album's liner notes by carefully correct politics: "The individual is important to the marriage and/or community, but not at its expense." The band's forays into 1970s-style soul-funk ("Witness," particularly) are also pretty underwhelming, tending to privilege dense harmonies and starry-eyed Aquarian lyrics over discernible melodies.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/2012
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074056325
catalogNumber:
40563
Rank:
319536

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Quetzal   Primary Artist
Cesar Castro   Requinto
Quincy McCrary   Organ,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,fender rhodes,Finger Snapping
Juan Perez   Bass,Ampeg Baby Bass,Guitar (Resonator)
Quetzal Flores   Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Jarana,Pandeiro,Bajo Sexto,Requinto,Quijada,Doble,Segunda
Rocío Marron   Violin,Viola
Tylana Enomoto   Violin,Vocals
Andy Mendoza   Drums,Timbales
Dante Pascuzzo   Bass,Leona
Edson Gianesi   Cymbals,Triangle,Berimbau,Caxixi,Pandeiro,Snare Drums,Agogo,Blocks,Agogo Bell,Brushes
Kiko Cornejo   Timbales
Peter Jacobsen   Cello
Martha González   Vocals,Chekere,Cajon,Finger Snapping,Group Member
Alex Chadsey   fender rhodes
Gabriel González   Vocals
Kiko Cornejo   Drums,Timbales
Camilo Moreno   Conga,Maracas,Guira,cowbell,Guiro,Campana,Maracones,Tambor Alegre,Llamador
Sandino González-Flores   Vocals
Francisco Huete   Drums
Cava González   Vocals
Tonantzin Flores-Ramírez   Violin

Technical Credits

Richard James Burgess   Director,Marketing
Quincy McCrary   Composer
Juan Perez   Composer
Pete Reiniger   Engineer
Quetzal Flores   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rocío Marron   Composer
Tylana Enomoto   Composer
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Dante Pascuzzo   Composer
Edson Gianesi   Composer
Peter Jacobsen   Composer
Russell Rodriguez   Liner Notes
Sonya Cohen Cramer   Layout
Margot Nassau   Licensing
Martha González   Composer,Annotation
Mark Gustafson   Marketing
Juan Díes   Spanish Translation
Laura Rebolloso   Composer
Betty Derbyshire   Financial Director
John Smith   Marketing
David Horgan   Marketing
Jose Ramirez   Cover Art
Daniel E. Sheehy   Producer,Executive Producer
Gabriel González   Composer
León García   Web Design
Laura Dion   Marketing

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