TRACK PREMIERE: HEALING GEMS “SUEÑOS DE UN BURRO”
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L.A.’s Healing Gems make music for lost explorers, midnight surfers and spaghetti western anti-heroes who packed one too few bullets. They’re cinematic in the most technicolor way possible, and they take a long history of kitschy studio soundtracks, 50s pan-Latin dance compilations and overlooked exotica albums and remake them into a world all their own. (It’s like what the Cramps or the B-52’s did, but for a different and possibly even wilder moment in music and culture.) They’re about to follow last summer’s Feathered Serpent EP with a new release that finds them doubling down on their sound. As keyboardist Edgar explains: “While we normally try to mimic classic Latin rhythms in our music, we wanted to really integrate the exotica sound for this EP this time. We wanted to create something from an imaginary world.”
The result is the absolutely charming “Sueños De Un Burro”—”Spanish for ‘Dreams of a Dumbass,'” says Edgar. It’s glowing/overflowing with Les Baxter/Martin Denny jungle-village kitsch, with a dramatic Vincent Price-style narrator telling a vivid story about somebody who just can’t escape their past mistakes. And it’s probably the most cheerful song about isolation and doom you’ve heard in a while, which is something of a Healing Gems specialty—this is a band that loves their plot twists. Their new EP comes out Fri., May 31, and they’ll be having a surely extravagant release party that night at the the Tangier Room in the Hotel Figueroa with Sister Mantos and Jimmy Whispers. And they’ll be performing at Dirty Penni fest on July 6 as well as doing their always epic Tiki Trash festival on July 20—an excursion that can’t be missed!