Yesterday, Latin psychedelic soul outfit The Los Sundowns introduced the music video for “Los Angeles,” a track lifted from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP, slated to drop February 12 via Lechehouse Music/Fat Beats Distribution.
The musical brainchild of a collaboration between Grammy-winning guitarist Beto Martinez and Dos Santos’ drummer Daniel Villarreal, initially, The Los Sundowns was little more than a whim that became a notion that eventually assumed conceptual form.
Beto explains, “We discussed this idea and concept for about a year before I finally found myself with some significant time off at the end of 2019 after heavy summer touring. I had set in motion a general plan to initiate multiple collaborations with musicians I knew and make 2020 a year of releases for me outside of my main bands. I began to demo some songs and send the ideas to Daniel and we set a date in January for him to fly down from Chicago and begin tracking these songs.”
Recorded at Beto’s Lechehouse Music studio in Buda, Texas, once the foundational tracks were laid down, followed by overdubs, the duo then enlisted an array of friends to pad out the six-tracks.
Laced with delicious reverb effects, the EP summons the alluring sound of ‘60s Latin American balladeers and musicians, such as La Revolucion de Emiliano Zapata and Kaleidoscope.
Opening on flavors of Latin surf-rock merged with hallucinogenic leitmotifs and vague hints of swaggering sensuality vaguely reminiscent of The Ventures, “Los Angeles” rides an undulating rhythm topped by a dazzling, luminous guitar emanating sashaying, gliding, wafting licks.
The video, directed by Anne-Marie Halovanic depicts images redolent of So-Cal during the ‘60s, as if borrowed from Beach Blanket Bingo, starring Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello.
At once allusive, stylish, and brimming with sultry Latin savors, “Los Angeles” offers a sonic version of H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, taking listeners back to the lush paradise of L.A. when life was simpler.
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