Echo Hotel

Echo Hotel

by The Echocentrics


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Echo Hotel

Adrian Quesada, the Austin-based producer at the heart of the Echocentrics, returns for a second round of retro Latin funk and pastoral psych-rock. Quesada's history as a member of big Latin funk ensembles like the Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma and the Black Sabbath-covering Brownout certainly informs this solo venture, but the two records he's released under the Echocentrics moniker are far more cinematic and textural in nature. Like 2011's Sunshadows, Echo Hotel combines groovy instrumental vignettes with tracks featuring various guest vocalists. While his debut played out like a soulful love letter to late-'60s tropicalia with South American collaborators Natalia Clavier and Tita Lima handling the vocals, Echo Hotel is more of a local affair with a surrealist Southwestern feel. Clavier and Lima do make appearances here, the former on a pair of dreamy and darkly grooved cuts and the latter on a beguiling slice of midtempo funk called "O Sol." It's Quesada's new crew of accomplices, however, that gives the album its distinctive desert head-trip flavor. Snaky organs and shimmering slide and tremolo guitars give more of a West Coast psych vibe to "Canyon" and "Death of a Rockstar," both of which feature Black Angels frontman Alex Maas on vocals. The same goes for the trippy electric sitar-laden lead single "Staring at the Ceiling," over which White Denim/Bop English honcho James Petralli delivers one of the album's strongest vocal turns. Bill Callahan even lends his baritone drawl to the laid-back space trip "Gettin' Away with Your Gal." As for Quesada's instrumental cuts, there's plenty to enjoy in his lovingly assembled tone trips, which feel like vivid micro-soundtracks plucked out of the ether of another era. Sonically detailed but heavy on groove and feel, the Echocentrics deliver another solid outing.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/20/2016
Label: Nacional Records
UPC: 0741360838000
catalogNumber: 20141
Rank: 168434

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Echocentrics   Primary Artist
John Branch   Slide Guitar
Bill Callahan   Vocals
Shawn Lee   Drums
Natalia Clavier   Vocals
Peter Stopschinski   Keyboards
Tita Lima   Vocals
Adrian Quesada   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards
James Petralli   Vocals
John Speice   Drums
Alex Mass   Vocals
Sonia Moore   Background Vocals
Trevor Nealon   Keyboards
Jazz Mills   Vocals
Tony Rogers   Cello

Technical Credits

Bill Callahan   Composer
Brendan Burke   Engineer
Erik Wofford   Producer,Engineer
Natalia Clavier   Composer
Tita Lima   Composer
Adrian Quesada   Composer,Producer,Engineer
James Petralli   Composer
Alex Mass   Composer
Norman Ponce   Composer

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