Through folkloric mystique, otherworldly psychedelia and a dash of enigmatic punk, Combo Chimbita catapults the sacred knowledge of our forebears into the future. The band’s second studio album and Anti- Records debut – available on May 3 – sees the visionary quartet drawing from ancestral mythologies and musical enlightenment to unearth the awareness of Ahomale, the album’s namesake and cosmic muse. “The protagonist of this album… possesses the ability to communicate ancestral wisdom through the music,” explains guitarist Niño Lento, whose imaginative guitar licks merge in the group with Prince of Queens’ hypnotic synth stabs and grooving bass lines, Dilemastronauta’s powerful drumming. and the mesmeric contralto, illuminating storytelling, and fierce guacharaca rhythms of lead singer Carolina Oliveros. “Revelation!,” Oliveros says, when explaining the band’s motivation and spirit. “In this album we were able to connect with our being to add a chapter to our saga. We’re excited to be able to work with people who are connected to our vision and to expand Latin American art!”
With the help of producer Daniel Schlett (The War on Drugs, Modest Mouse), the group’s rootsy experimental alchemy and metal strangeness are apparent on the LP’s advance singles, “Ahomale,” “Brillo Más Que El Oro (La Bala Apuntándome),” and “Testigo.” Oliveros howls, yowls and chirps with gut-wrenching emotion. Whether rock – raw and soulful – or bewitching like a shaman in a spiritual ceremony, her voice is always a multifaceted wonder. Download the advance tracks and get them spinning.
“Lead vocalist Carolina Oliveros is an otherworldly presence over Afro Colombian rhythms meted out by guitar, bass and genre crossing drumming.” –NPR alt.Latino
RIYL: Very Be Careful, Goat, Tropa Magica, Bicicletas Por La Paz, Dengue Fever, Parquet Courts, La Chamba, Chancha Via Circuito, Y La Bamba