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Es Tiempo

by Alla

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Gwynncore Dazzling Latin Psychedelic Jazz along with Classical string and wind instruments. A really relaxing and overall amazing album. Favorite track: Un Pedazo.
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Un Pedazo 04:04
Tu Y Yo 02:45
Tu Vida 03:21
Sazanami 02:29
Es Tiempo 04:14


Crash-landing onto the Crammed Discs roster from its own unique corner of the pop universe comes 'Es Tiempo', the lush, multi-layered debut album from Chicago-based Mexican-American three-piece Allá.

Comprising of producer/guitarist Jorge Ledezma, his brother Angel Ledezma on drums and vocalist/guitarist Lupe Martinez, with 'Es Tiempo' Allá –(pronouced ay-ya) – lay the blueprint for a new brand of Latin psychedelic pop. As vocal melodies chime, discreet electronic effects swirl around the mix and strings arc across the skyline at the subtlest of angles, 'Es Tiempo' invites the listener in with its hazy, euphoric hooks, before leading them through to a secret garden of sonic wonder.

The trio have forged a distinctive sound encompassing some of their favourite styles of music from the last four decades: German Krautrock experiments, Motown flourishes, Brazilian Tropicalia, cosmic jazz and the symphonic sixties pop of Brian Wilson and Phil Spector – all the while paying homage to their Mexican musical heritage, with Lupe exploring lyrical themes including inner city social pressures and spiritual & cultural awakening in pure, proud Hispanic tones.

'Es Tiempo' was created over a four-year period. Jorge Ledezma (who produced the album, as well as writing most of the songs) and engineer Colin Studybaker (Iron and Wine, National Trust) travelled around to record in various places, using different studios like so many musical instruments to create an unconventional sound. Recordings took place in and around Chicago (at Clava Studios, Engine Music, John McEntire's Soma Electronic Studios & others), as well as in the famed Tambourine Studios in Sweden, where Jorge laid down the string and horn arrangements alongside arranger Patrik Bartosch (Eggstone, The Cardigans).

In Spanish, "Allá" means "over there", and is the word used by Chicanos when talking about their parents' homeland… and by Mexicans when talking about… the USA ! The very ambiguity of the word perfectly represents how Jorge, Lupe and Angel feel: they truly are Allá people, neither totally here nor there…


released May 12, 2008


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