Band To Watch: El Guincho
This past week we found ourself unable to stop listening to “Antillas,” a five-minute bundle of clattering loops and sunny harmonies, from Barcelona-via-Canary Islands one-man band El Guincho, aka Pablo Díaz-Reixa, and his entirely addictive self-released Alegranza, so we contacted the man himself and asked if we could post it. When he wrote back, he mentioned it was his favorite jam off the record, too. Besides that, and that he’s also in an Animal Collective-y band called Coconot, we don’t know all that much about the guy (except that a few of his songs really do nail a Person Pitch). And not all of us know our Spanish, which adds to the appealing mystery. Take a listen to the bright, airy, encircling Tropicalia after the jump. Pay especial attention to that cascading, star-drop bit at around the 3:48 mark.
El Guincho – “Antillas” (MP3)
Absolutely life-affirming, somehow. Maybe it’s partially the Dungen phenomena — like we’re better off not knowing what’s being said. We haven’t been lucky enough to see him live yet, but judging from this video of El Guincho rocking some sort of party/opening, it ought to be a treat.
Or just go windsurfing to this video for another Alegranza standout, “Kalise.”