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Touching down from Bogota, Columbia, Meridian Brothers at its core is the one-man family band of restlessly experimental musical director, adventurous guitarist and legend of the Bogota subterranea Eblis Álvarez; yet onstage Meridian Brothers scale up to a five-person rocking squad fit to hotwire festival stages…with every last limb busy on an array of synths, brass, percussion, electronics and peculiar props, it’s a rich and strange, BPM-surfing dancefloor concoction all garnished by Álvarez’s slithery, effects-laden croon and freewheeling six-string deviations.
Far from a mere 21st century update of the melodies and rhythms of cumbia, porro and salsa, Meridian Brothers ingeniously do things the other way round: Alvarez’s own idiosyncratic soundpool (honed across years of splenetic cassette release activity on the independent Columbian scene) forms the template for a style undoubtedly steeped in the potent mores of those traditional musics, but also venturing deep down into the same playtime weirdo-rock cavities as latter day Deerhoof, the vintage film soundtrack archive, the dub-bass echo chamber and the laced late-sixties sonic crop harvested by Silver Apples/Presidents Of The USA et al…all brewed up and boiled down to perfection in an overcrowded Bogota bedroom.A
With three deliciously odd LPs out already on on legendary outernationalist London imprint Soundway, the new Meridian Brothers album ‘¿Dónde estás María?‘ sees them swing their shape shifting musical enterprise in a new direction influenced by US-inspired ‘70s Latin rock, Andean rhythms and splendorous, tropicalia-styled strings. Their most wide-open, accessible album so far, the madcap sound of Meridian Brothers again confounds with reconfigurations of Latin music, this time laying down a string ensemble upon the group’s electronic experiments.
|19/09/17||Meridian Brothers in London, UK||Rich Mix|
|20/09/17||Meridian Brothers in Bristol, UK||The Attic Bar|