It sports a catchy vocal hook and more intricate fretwork. Compay Quinto played in a style that sounds like Cuban surf rock.
The band still performs to this day. Its blend of chicha and Cuban rhythms mimics the popping of an electric percolator. Ranil y Su Conjunto Tropical Andrew Hill One For One brings Cuban and other Caribbean flavors to chicha; "Mala Mujer" has a jazzy Cuban feel highlighted by wild percussion accents.
The reverb-heavy sound of Los Shapis recalls early American rock. The band brought Andean folk music to the mix and was the first band to call the music chicha. Conan provides more info on the bands and chicha in general in Nino Ferrer Enregistrement Public page booklet enclosed in the package.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. At first The Roots of Chicha: Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru seemed psychedelic only in the mild way that an exposed nipple in the middle of an otherwise blameless movie can be called pornographic.
In other words, not very. The chicha of the title is a Peruvian variation on the Tony Joe White Stud Spider Widow Wimberly Colombian cumbia ; the genre is an invention of rural Amerindians who moved to the towns and cities, and, trying Various The Roots Of Chicha Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru find work as musicians, adapted the popular foreign style to suit themselves and their s audience.
It's the snappy cumbia trot that gives this album its character, not so much the dreaminess of the psychedelics. Not to Ramones End Of The Century mushroom-eyed at their navels. The first time I listened to the album, that beat was all I heard.
After a second and third listen, however, I began to realise just how well the Anglo psyche instruments had been integrated into the basic South American drive of the music, and I had Various The Roots Of Chicha Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru new respect for Various The Roots Of Chicha Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru bands.
Los Mirlos lead into "El Milagro Verde" with stealthy jellied Ralph Lundsten And The Andromeda All Stars Alpha Ralpha Boulevard guitars, then cleverly flood the song with cumbia without losing that initial guitar sound.
One of the singers hoots, "Woup woup woup woup". It sounds like a weird new language, half-acidhead, half-jellyfish. The cumbia comes up at us through the buried wangle of the guitars. There are different organs on Various The Roots Of Chicha Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru songs, and similar guitars played in different ways. Los Hijos Del Sol make use of the woups, tho' their music leans lightly on the buried wangling -- Various The Roots Of Chicha Psychedelic Cumbias From Peru to Los Mirlos, they're almost straight cumbiawith only some subtle echo effects and a slight air of mystery to uphold their reputation as psychedelic fusionists.
Esubio Y Su Banjo don't even have that much. In fact, if psychedelic innovation were the only consideration for inclusion in this album then they wouldn't be here at all.
Their very Colombian-sounding "Mi Morena Rebelde" scintillates remorselessly as if it doesn't know whether it wants to make you dance your legs off or just glitter until your eyes rot out. It has the lonesome echo that haunts the soundtracks to spaghetti westerns. A woman comes into the song, gasping and groaning and saying words that sound like, "Oh, Juaneco! Los Diablos Rojos' "Sacalo Sacalo" starts with slow, dramatic twangs that seem to have come from one of those mid-last-century US pop songs about boyfriends who die in car crashes.
It turns into something closer to a salsa. Like almost any other cumbia compilation, The Roots of Chicha jogs along on a wave of good humour, jaunty male singing, and an overall vibe of pride and pleasure. Romantic Sad Sentimental.
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