BY LEE ZIMMERMAN
Crafted on a shifting foundation of duelling acoustic guitars, Rodrigo Y Gabriela perform face to face, sans instrumental support, with remarkable tenacity and technique. The duo’s first album in five years, 9 Dead Alive showcases their skills from a no frills perspective, and yet the varied tempos and obvious acumen that highlight songs such as “The Soundmaker,” “Sunday Neurosis” and “Misty Roses” infuses these instrumentals with the drama they deserve. Played in traditional bolero style, those songs suggest a sound that billows from sidewalk cafes or a late night Latin supper club filled with upper crust clientele. Likewise, on the more supple excursions — the pensive “The Russian Messenger” and “La Salle Des Pas Perdus,” for example — it offers more than a hint of exotic romance to boot. For most, this will make superb background music for meditation or musing, a tangled tapestry that’s ideal as a soundtrack for seduction.
DOWNLOAD: “The Soundmaker,” “Sunday Neurosis,” “Misty Roses”