DePedro – DePedro

January 01, 1970

(Nat Geo Music)


DePedro is Jairo Zavala, a Spanish artist Blurt readers may know through his work
with Calexico, most notably vocal contributions to Carried to Dust. Zavala recorded this low-key album with Calexico
in Tucson, Arizona, and you clearly hear their contributions seeping through
the richly textured atmosphere.


The instrumental breaks in “Te Sigo Sonando” could pass for
the soundtrack to some great lost Sergio Leone film, the kind that stars Clint
Eastwood squinting in the desert sun. The singer’s Spanish roots are obvious in
ways that go a good deal deeper than the fact that nearly every track is sung
in Spanish, but Calexico has always made the most of Spanish inspirations and
that’s certainly the case here, from the melancholy mariachi horns of the
opening ballad, “Como El Viento,” to the Tex-Mex “Spill the Wine” vibe they
arrive at on “¿Qué Puedo Hacer Por Ti?.” And they
sound great, as expected, joining forces on “Don’t Leave Me Now,” a
breathtaking ballad Zavala wrote for Spanish star Amparanoia that Calexico has
covered live.


Standout Tracks: “Como El Viento,” “¿Qué Puedo Hacer Por Ti?”



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