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Meridian Brothers at Bananada Festival

46 minsRecorded 11 May 2018 at Goiânia in BrasilThis episode is unavailable. Why?
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The one-man family band, from the experimental musical director and adventurous guitarist Eblis Álvarez, touches down from Bogota.

Onstage, Meridian Brothers scale up to a five-person rocking squad fit to hotwire Bananada Festival. With every last limb busy on an array of synths, brass, percussion, electronics and peculiar props, it’s a rich and strange, BPM-surfing dancefloor concoction all garnished by Eblis Álvarez’s slithery, effects-laden croon and freewheeling six-string deviations. Far from a mere 21st-century update of the melodies and rhythms of cumbia, porro and salsa, Meridian Brothers ingeniously do things the other way ‘round. Álvarez’s own idiosyncratic soundpool (honed across years of cassette-release activity on the independent Columbian scene) forms the template for a style undoubtedly steeped in the potent mores of those traditional musics, but it also ventures deep down into the same weirdo-rock cavities as latter-day Deerhoof, vintage film soundtracks, the dub-bass echo chamber and the laced late-sixties sonic crop harvested by Silver Apples or Presidents of the USA. It’s all brewed up and boiled down to perfection in an overcrowded Bogota bedroom.


Produced by Caroline Whiteley
Engineered by Roland Dill

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