The arrival of La Santa Cecilia's "Treinta Dias" has been years in the making. The Los Angeles-based band created a long-standing buzz conquering audiences in its hometown and venues beyond with an infectious blend of Latin American music genres.
From the early DIY days of hand painted album covers for their first EP to the present moment signing with Universal Music Latin Entertainment, there's no more deserving band for this moment than La Santa Cecilia. And now that it has arrived, they show themselves ready by delivering a collection of eight searing songs!
On "Treinta Dias" singer La Marisoul, bassist Alex Benda??a, accordion/requinto player Pepe Carlos, and percussionist/bear Miguel "Oso" Ramirez continue to create their trademark brand of eclectic sounds, but with a more disciplined, but no less danceable feel. This is no music for wallflowers and the new album is best listened to imagining the songs performed at a live show where La Santa Cecilia's spirit truly shines.
A reflection of Los Angeles' bicultural reality, La Santa Cecilia's major label debut, officially released last week, switches from English to Spanish, from relaxed bossa nova vibes to tuba thumps! The concoction is multigenerational in its appeal as it has always been.
Elvis Costello even makes a big name appearance collaborating on a duet with the inimitable La Marisoul on "Losing Game." Rolling Stone called the song an "excellent pairing of Costello's husky, wavering voice and La Marisoul's "enchanting, unfettered bellow."
La Marisoul's personality and vocal prowess are on full display on "Monedita" which was recently iTunes Single of the Week. "Yo tengo una casa humilde / pero llena de esperanza," she sings with her band supplying rhythms and melodies that serve to perfectly compliment the sentiment of the song.
The push for "Treinta Dias" coincided with the current push for a just and humane immigration reform. The lead single off the album, "El Hielo (ICE)" captures the anxieties of daily life for undocumented people living in the United States in fear of deportation.
It also assuaged fears that signing with a major label might make the band somehow unrecognizable from the one Los Angeles music lovers have known for years. This is definitely still La Santa Cecilia, four humble musicians crafting larger than life songs, always rooted in the soil of the city from which they grew.
La Santa Cecilia's "Treinta Dias" is available on iTunes now!