Pulling deep from within and looking backwards to produce something new, Los Angeles-based artist Angélica Garcia entangles tradition of the past with a modern musical landscape in her exhilarating new EP, Echo Eléctrico, available digitally or on cassette tape. The five-song EP takes classic folk songs from Hispanic and Latin American culture and drenches them in experimental and electronic sounds, pushing the boundaries of these staple musical pieces.
In the re-worked covers, Garcia uses her voice like a highly calibrated instrument, layering vocals atop one another to produce a cascading effect that pours out into an electronically laced background. Not unlike the original performances of these songs, intensely felt emotions are refracted through the vocal acrobatics of the singer in dazzling effect. Dreamlike and enveloping, the EP encompasses Garcia’s musical inspiration and love for traditional songwriters who were able to timelessly capture the potent essence of an emotion within a song.
“These writers inspired me to interpret and storytell with my whole body,” notes Garcia. “I also love thinking about how long ago these songs were written—how time couldn’t stop their truths from echoing in the present day.”
Garcia chose songs for her EP that not only tie into her history and lineage but also evoke a strong emotional response from her personally. Each song connects with a distinct primal instinct, human sentiments that ground us and bind us to one another for better or worse.
Echo Eléctrico was recorded at Spacebomb with Garcia producing, recording and performing all the parts herself, a first in her career. She also has a string of shows lined up this fall/winter supporting Chicano Batman and Vagabon.
Words: Patti Sanchez
ANGÉLICA GARCIA ON TOUR
Oct 20 – Santa Fe NM – Meow Wolf (SOLD OUT) *
Oct 21 – Denver CO – Gothic Theatre (SOLD OUT) *
Oct 22 – Salt Lake City UT – The Urban Lounge*
Oct 23 – Las Vegas NV – Brooklyn Bowl*
Oct 24 – Phoenix AZ – The Van Buren*
Oct 26 – El Paso TX – Lowbrow Palace*
Oct 28 – Austin TX – Levitation Festival *
Oct 29 – Houston TX – White Oak Music Hall *
Oct 30 – Dallas TX – Granada Theater *
Nov 1 – McAllen TX – Cine El Rey (SOLD OUT) *
Nov 2 – McAllen TX – Cine El Rey *
Nov 4 – San Antonio TX – Paper Tiger (SOLD OUT) *
Nov 17 – Washington DC – DC9 @
Nov 18 – Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s @
Nov 19 – New York NY – Brooklyn Made @
Nov 20 – Cambridge MA – The Sinclair @
* w/ Chicano Batman
@ w/ Vagabon