Treinta Días

Treinta Días

by La Santa Cecilia
     
 
From their earliest days as a scruffy punky quartet issuing their debut EP with individually hand-painted covers, Los Angeles' La Santa Cecilia have garnered excitement for their records and storied live gigs, whether playing at home or touring in Mexico. Along with a handful of other Latin alternative rock acts, they have made genre

Overview

From their earliest days as a scruffy punky quartet issuing their debut EP with individually hand-painted covers, Los Angeles' La Santa Cecilia have garnered excitement for their records and storied live gigs, whether playing at home or touring in Mexico. Along with a handful of other Latin alternative rock acts, they have made genre and language boundaries -- regional and international -- elastic, without watering down their own instantly identifiable sound. Treinta Días, the band's major-label debut, is more sophisticated and diverse than anything they've previously issued -- but is no less danceable. The original quartet -- vocalist La Marisoul, bassist Alex Bendaña, accordion
equinto player Pepe Carlos, and percussionist Miguel "Oso" Ramírez -- have a handful of killer session guests helping them to flesh things out here. Opener "Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles" finds La Marisoul wedding gospel to flamenco; Carlos knows that blues is what links them and builds a bridge with his accordion. He gets punchy rhythmic help from percussionist Ramírez, Bendaña, and guest Jeff Babko on B-3 (he plays vibes and trombone elsewhere here). Cumbia meets ranchera and Latin pop in the jaunty "Monedita," a track that, despite its brevity, captures all the complexities of La Marisoul's musical personality. On "Cuchara," cumbia jumps in with banda and rock & roll -- dig Andy Abad's surf guitars! Elvis Costello makes a vocal appearance on "Losing Game." His and La Marisoul's voices are perfectly balanced in this cinematic, souled-out rock and rumba groove. With its organ, electric guitars, and handclaps urging La Marisoul's deep Latin soul vocal (think Alice Russell meets Joe Bataan), "Falling" is driven by reggae and cumbia backbeats, a gospel backing chorus, and Carlos' requinto. Set closer "ICE-El Hielo" (a play on the acronym for the U.S. Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is an understated, moving, and militant bossa that portrays the stresses of everyday life for the undocumented inside the U.S. La Santa Cecilia have embraced North American sounds -- rock, hip-hop, soul, blues, etc. -- grafted them onto musical traditions from the rest of the Americas without watering them down, and have created a bold, bouyant, international pop music. Treinta Días is all killer, no filler.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
Label:
Universal Latino
UPC:
0602537361601
catalogNumber:
001835702

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Performance Credits

Santa Cecilia   Primary Artist
Elvis Costello   Vocals
Pete Thomas   Drums
Jeff Babko   Piano,Trombone,Vibes,Hammond B3
Andy Abad   Guitar
Cheche Alara   Piano
Alex Bendaña   Bass,Group Member
Pepe Carlos   Requinto,Group Member
Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez   Vocals,Group Member
Roger Manning   Keyboards
Miguel "Oso" Ramírez   Percussion,Group Member

Technical Credits

Elvis Costello   Composer
Claudia Brant   Composer
Sebastián Krys   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Humberto Howard   Art Direction
Andres Torress   Engineer
Alex Bendaña   Composer
Pepe Carlos   Composer
Marisol Hernández   Composer
Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez   Art Direction
Gil Gastellum   Management
Miguel "Oso" Ramírez   Composer

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