The Echocentrics - Sunshadows - out on Ubiquity Records
The Echocentrics - Sunshadows
(CD/2xLP/Download) Ubiquity Records URCD286, 2011-04-11
The Echocentrics is a new project of psychedelic, cinematic and dusty soul produced by Adrian Quesada (Brownout/Ocote Soul Sounds/Grupo Fantasma). Loads of spring reverb, psyched out farfisa organs and heavy drums are accented by beautiful vocals sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese by Tita Lima from Brazil and Natalia Clavier from Argentina. Inspired by the music of Serge Gainsbourg, Curtis Mayfield, Tim Maia, The Lijadu Sisters, Los Pasteles Verdes, Terry Callier, John Lennon, Shuggie Otis, Ennio Morricone, etc., the original seeds to this record were planted almost 5 years ago with a gang of instrumentals Adrian began writing in the laid back and psyched out soul/funk vein...
The album will be out on Ubiquity Records April '11, with a limited edition 7" vinyl single coming in the next couple of months. Grant Phabao, without any doubt the greatest reggae producer in the world today, has already two skanking remixes on their way... while Adrian Quesada is preparing on his side some remixes for Grant Phabao's upcoming album with The Jays, Stepping up In Time. Something's happening here!
The Echocentrics - Sunshadows
(CD/2xLP/Download) Ubiquity Records URCD286, 2011-04-11
01. Engines of Solitude
03. It's Not Too Late
04. Esclavo Y Amo
05. Electric Travels
06. Mundo Pequeno
08. O Elefante
09. Down Under
10. The March
11. Don Alejo
13. Cresent Sun
14. The Open Veins
THE ECHOCENTRICS - ESCLAVO Y AMO by Ubiquity Records
THE ECHOCENTRICS - DON ALEJO by Ubiquity Records
Adrian Quesada : echocentrics.blogspot.com | levelonestudiosatx.com | soundcloud.com/level-one-studios | myspace.com/adrianquesada | facebook.com/adrian.quesada1 | twitter.com/levelonestudios
Natalia Clavier : eslmusic.com/artist/natalia_clavier | myspace.com/nataliaclavier | facebook.com/pages/Natalia-Clavier/19078156081 | twitter.com/natclavier
Tita Lima : myspace.com/titalima | facebook.com/titalimabrasil | twitter.com/titalimamusic
Ubiquity Records : ubiquityrecords.com | myspace.com/ubiquityrecords | facebook.com/ubiquityrecords | twitter.com/ubiquityrecords | soundcloud.com/ubiquityrecords
Info from Adrian Quesada :
"Please excuse the lack of updates but between the holidays and a ton of work I've been swamped, however... I'm FINALLY happy to announce the upcoming release of a new album called THE ECHOCENTRICS. The album will come out late spring '11 on Ubiquity Records along with a limited edition 7" vinyl single coming in the next couple of months, right in time for SXSW.
The Echocentrics is a new project of dusty, psychedelic, cinematic and southern fried soul produced by yours truly. Loads of spring reverb, psyched out farfisa, electric harpschichord and heavy drums accented by beautiful vocals sung in English, Spanish and Portuguese by the amazing Tita Lima from Brazil and the incomparable Natalia Clavier from Argentina. Inspired by the music of Serge Gainsbourg, Curtis Mayfield, Tim Maia, The Lijadu Sisters, Los Pasteles Verdes, Terry Callier, John Lennon, Shuggie Otis, Ennio Morricone, etc etc the original seeds to this record were planted almost 5 years ago with a gang of instrumentals I began writing in the laid back and psyched out soul/funk vein... I then began a couple of songs with Tita and Nat that eventually sat dormant for a few years. It seemed everytime I tried to get the project to gain momentum something inevitably came up to slow me down. The stuff continued to gather dust, while in constant rotation on my Ipod. I picked up the pace with some amazing collaborations with Tita and Natalia late 2010 and Andrew Jervis at Ubiquity Records helped give me the final spark to kick it into gear.
I am extremely proud of this as the vision was finally carried out and I must say it most definitely stands the test of time. Stay tuned for LOTS more news regarding release, SXSW, etc. Thanks to everyone who helped by playing on the record and of course Nat and Tita for putting up with me AND writing some great songs!"
Press Release :
The Echocentrics is a new band from Austin-based two-time Grammy nominated producer Adrian Quesada, a member of Grupo Fantasma, and one of the minds behind bands Ocote Soul Sounds and Brownout. Teaming up with Argentinean singer Natalia Clavier and Brazil-based Tita Lima, he has carved out a southern-fried, laid back, and psychedelic-tinged album to be released in late spring 2011.
Quesada plays an interesting cross-cultural game of musical ping pong mixing multiple languages (songs are sung in a mix of English, Portuguese and Spanish) and influences from the likes of Tim Maia and Rita Lee, Serge Gainsbourg, and David Axelrod. Buckets of spring reverb, huge doses of psyched out farfisa and electric harpsichord, and super-heavy drums back soulful vocals. Quesada recalls classic American funk and low-rider soul, but shades everything with a South American twist. As the Austinist blog said, this is “World music for people who tend to blanch at the very idea of it, maybe.” At times the music sounds like the lost Morricone soundtrack to a sun scorched Tarantino movie scene dosed in peyote. But the Sunshadows album also reaches breezier heights as Quesada weaves in exotic elements of Afrobeat, Latin funk, and Brazilian folk.
While perhaps best known as one of the minds behind Grupo Fantasma, Brownout and Ocote Soul Sounds, Quesada was also one of only twenty musicians (worldwide) nominated for the 2010 Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative to be mentored by the legendary Brian Eno. The Echocentrics is his first project where he is solely in the driving seat as producer and band leader. “The Echocentrics project is something I have been working on mostly alone for the last 5-6 years. I have about 50-60 sketches of funky and psychedelic soul songs. It is a vision I "heard" and working on them became an excuse to simply make something I would personally listen to, to fill a void.”
To complete his outernational vision he called upon the talents of guest singer Natalia Clavier. She is wife of Frederic Aubele (ESL recording artist) and has appeared on his music, and on records by ESL-owners the Thievery Corporation. Her vocal partner on the album is Tita Lima who has appeared on the Ubiquity-released Ohmega Watts “Watts Happening” album and is the daughter of Liminha, bass player for Os Mutantes. “They helped expand the vision and created a sound that was sensual and soulful but still somewhat dusty and raw,” explains Quesada. “I speak Spanish fluently and I sometimes prefer non-English lyrics as its less oratory and the voice becomes more of an instrument,” he adds.
It’s no surprise that Quesada picked Southern Americans as vocalists as it was a little known Peruvian band, Los Pasteles Verdes, and in particular their bolero (ballad) “Esclavo Y Amo,” that were a big inspiration for the album. Quesada discovered the track nearly a decade ago and it set the vision for Sunshadows. The original is a catchy psychedelic soul obscurity that takes the form of an American soul ballad and spits it back-out dripping in lo-fi South American charm, “The minute I heard it I was so inspired,” says Quesada. “It was so funky and tripped out yet, simultaneously tragic sounding. The tape delay on the vocals intensified the sadness and I actually thought the singer was female at first which is what inspired me to write for a female voice.”
On “Sunshadows” The Echocentrics weave through ballads and cinematic instrumentals building steam to reach the faster tempo Latin-funk of “Dudar” and the hybrid Afro-beat/Brazilian flavored “Mundo Pequeno.” On “Don Alejo” they deliver a spaghetti western style head-nod-inducing instrumental, while the string-laden “Crescent Sun” is cruise-ready, top-down, Austin funk. “I would say the sound we’re going for is bigger than just a reflection of the sound of Austin,” says Quesada. “It's also the sound of Buenos Aires, Rio de Jaineiro, Brooklyn, Barcelona, etc etc.”
Echocentrics shows are already in the works, with a kick-off at SXSW 2011:
- Tues March 14th - Art Disaster 12 @ Beauty Bar - 8:30 PM
- Wed March 15th - Falkin+Sachse 7th Annual SXSW Day Party @ BD Riley's - 2 PM
- Wed March 15th - Official SXSW Showcase Presented by Waxpoetics @ Scoot Inn - Time TBA
- Sat March 19th @ Thunderbird Coffee - 5 PM
Quesada promises that the live show will be “a stripped down affair that is all live and organic - a little more aggressive than the record and so far, in practice, it sounds like a mix of early 1970s Curtis Mayfield and Bill Withers running through a PA that's hooked up to a Roland Space Echo.”