El Guincho @ LPR in 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
El Guincho

"Is it possible to feel sad listening to El Guincho? On a cold winter day in Seattle, when Pablo Diaz-Reixa (a.k.a. El Guincho) brought his Tropicalia-inspired rhythms to the KEXP studios, I felt like I was standing next to him on a warm beach in his native Canary Islands.

Accompanied only by percussionist Aleix Clavera, El Guincho re-created live the sounds of the album and its amalgamation of cultures: a swirling mix of Afrobeat, dub, Calypso, American rock, Latin pop and many others. If the tribal rhythms don't get you dancing, the hypnotic chanting certainly will. Fans of Animal Collective will recognize a similar reverb-laden experimentalism, and like its American counterpart, El Guincho benefits from just the right amount of complexity. Beneath the ethereal harmonies and airy washes of sound lies a certain tension, as the music seems both reassuringly familiar and totally alien." [NPR]

That session's from 2008, when El Guincho brought his poppy-collage LP Alegranza! stateside. He'll be back for shows this summer, including a gig at (Le) Poisson Rouge (a venue he played in December '08) on Wednesday, July 7th. Tickets are on sale.

He'll also be at Central Park Summerstage earlier that same night for a free show with Mexican DJs Bostich and Fussible and Chilean lady rapper Anita Tijoux

All tour dates and a video of El Guincho playing in the "rainforest" (or the rainforest display at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) are below...

El Guincho - 2010 Tour Dates
Wed 07/07/10 Central Park SummerStage New York NY
Wed 07/07/10 (Le) Poisson Rouge New York NY
Fri 07/09/10 Rickshaw Stop San Francisco CA
Sat 07/10/10 Spaceland Los Angeles CA
Mon 07/12/10 Jay Pritzker Pavilion Chicago IL

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