San Lazaro - La DespedidaHope Street
Based in Melbourne, San Lazaro is a collection of musicians with roots spanning from Chile to Cuba and Catalonia. Their taut experimental compositions fall into many categories but the foundation is authentic Latin music with a spice of Cuban flavor. "Esperanza De La Rumba" starts off with hypnotic percussion followed by wah-wah guitar and soaring vocals. "Descarga Soledad", arguably the strongest track is Latin meets psychedelic rhythms. "Rompe El Cascaron" features strong vocal contributions from everyone augmented by tender guitar rhythms. San Lazaro's lyrics are laced with gripping stories chronicling everyday life. Overall their harmonic vocals, robust horns and infectious guitar rhythms make for an engaging listen.
Reg Dancy, 08/16