Official video for El Cantador - “My Way” - directed/edited by Brad Rodgers.
El Cantador will be playing a few times around Mobile this upcoming weekend for the South Sounds Music Festival. Dates below. Be sure to see them often. Extra points and high fives will be given to those who see them numerous times. We even hear that they will have brand new t-shirts.
El Cantador took residence at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center of Arts and Education in Ocean Springs, MS for a total of six days in May and September of 2012 to work on Translation Wave. With access to the building’s Scharr-Ello studio, performance arts room, and main theater the trio was once again free to explore their sound within high ceilings and stairwells in one of the coast’s most richly and artistically diversified areas. Chris Staples (TwoThirtyEight, Discover America, Telekinesis) was invited in to engineer three of the EPs more percussion oriented tracks (BlackSound, Particle and Wave, Reynosa).
In this new collection of music we find a more intimate, cinematic, and sporadic group of songs. Translation Wave is an expression of how a band can morph and evolve from time on the road and turn to reflect on those experiences through instrumentation. Having already freed themselves of popular expectations on the previous album, El Cantador appears willing and able to take us anywhere at any time without notice. In the EP’s first track, “BlackSound”, the listener is greeted by a sparse and intricately picked out acoustic guitar riff alongside Underwood’s immediate foretelling to “Don’t buy into most of my dreams/I’ll make your head spin with my own disconnectivity” - lyrics which imply Underwood’s satisfaction in playing with language and could serve to intimate the EP’s darker hues and cathartic uplifts. Translation Wave proudly hums with a warmth and rawness akin to older classic albums you might find in your local record bin.
Make your plans now! We’re excited to play SouthSounds for a 2nd consecutive year. It’s a honor to support this festival— a group effort by a fine bunch of folks with a progressive vision for Mobile, AL— a city we love. See you in April!
Lots to love here…TIAM fam and friends all over the place in one our great Southern cities in April. Stay tuned for the full lineup and schedule.
THIS IS AMERICAN MUSIC AND MOD MOBILIAN RECORDS REISSUE EL CANTADOR’S “FOOLS FOR LIGHT”
Mobile, Alabama’s El Cantador has been churning out tunes since 2007. The band’s core consists of songwriter/guitar player Heath Underwood, Sean Murphy (drums), and Alex Scharr (bass/synth/vocals). The band has self released two EPs, a festival- winning music video, a live disc, and a split EP with Pensacola, FL based band Johnny Apple-Eyes on their own independent record label Friends Fight Records. They’ve garnered a lot of buzz from recent music festivals, including the Hangout Beach and Music Festival (2010),92 Zew’s Second Tuesday Series, Bayfest (2009), Next Big Nashville (2009), and SouthSounds Music Festival (2012) .
“The release of their first full-length album, “Fools for Light,” finds the Mobile trio opening wide their sonic palette with a noticeable emphasis on texture, atmosphere and experimentation — think contemporary New Wave, Broken Social Scene, Philip Glass. The list of influences could go on and on.” - The Sun Herald, Biloxi, MS
For over 3 years,the Mod Mobilian arts and media collective has been working to bring the best art, writing, music and media arts from the Gulf Coast region to a wider audience. Now, its newest arm, Mod Mobilian Records, is teaming with the rapidly growing Southern record label / family / group hug This Is American Music to help expose the Gulf Coast music community to the rest of the world. The collaboration combines Mod Mobilian’s unique position in the Gulf Coast artistic community with TiAM’s expanding footprint in the Southern indie music world. The reissue of “Fools For Light” serves as the opening note for this collaborative effort in advance of the first TiAM / Mod Mobilian joint release, the upcoming El Cantador EP “Translation Wave.”
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