Bomba Estéreo – Elegancia Tropical
There are so many genres of music here that its hard to wrap my mind around this striking release. A tropical stew of textures, beats and sounds that happily slaps you around and then carries you down a conga-line of joy. listen to the complete album and read more of the following NPR review at the bottom link.
Many musicians say that the second album is harder to write than the first, especially when a debut is successful: There’s more pressure, higher stakes, fewer ways to surprise and less time to work. The Colombian band Bomba Estéreo faced down that imposing empty canvas when it entered the studio to record a followup to 2009’s hit Blow Up.
Bomba Estéreo broke through on the strength of a dynamic mix: electronics, cumbia, soaring guitars and impassioned vocals, performed with raw intensity but also an eye toward maturity and growth. On Nov. 6, the band returns with Elegancia Tropical, a surprisingly nuanced and textured collection of songs written by vocalist Li Saumet and bassist Simon Mejía. Life is more than a party this time, as the band takes on thought-provoking themes and examines subtleties of pulse and tempo. Even a sweaty dance-floor cooker like “Rocas” conveys a deeply sensual sway.