TRACK PREMIERE: TROPA MAGICA “SOÑABAS”
Tropa Magica is the Pacheco brothers David and Rene—two of the most moving parts of Thee Commons—and after some truly enticing glimpses earlier this year they’re just about ready to unveil their self-titled full-length debut this Friday. Single “Soñabas” is a leap forth in a few ways, both focusing and intensifying previous influences like chicha, cumbia and of course Los Saicos and their bloody-but-beautiful vocal style—but there’s also something like the Sandinista Clash happening here. It’s charismatic, daring, dreamy and transportive, and it’s got that energetic Strummer-style joyousness where the singer is happily consumed by his song. It’s hard to imagine this almost didn’t make it past a demo, but turns out it just got better as it got bigger. As David Pacheco explains: “This song started as a doodle on the piano. I was actually thinking of not using it on the record but after adding some synths and the piano lead it came together nicely. The lyrics are about traveling somewhere far away and embracing positive vibes that are larger than life.”
Tropa Magica’s debut—recorded with Cesar Mejia (Herbie Hancock, Brian Eno, Los Lobos) of Boyle Heights’ Shelter Studios—will be out Friday and you can pre-order it here! And they’ve got a few local shows on deck, including supporting the always-wonderful Shannon and the Clams and slots at Desert Daze and Tropicalia Fest.
October 9th at the Regent with Shannon and The Clams
October 12th at Desert Daze
November 3rd at Tropicalia