Culcha Vulcha is the last album of Snarky Puppy. It is the band’s first studio album in 8 years and we recorded it in El Paso, Texas at Sonic Ranch Studios. We were there for a bit more than a week, and I have to say it was one of the most inspiring weeks of my life. We shared the percussion stand with Nate Werth and Keita Ogawa and on the drums Robert “Sput” Searight, Jason “JT” Thomas, and Larnell Lewis. I was honored to have one of my songs featured in the album as well, which I called “Palermo” honoring my favorite neighborhood in Buenos Aires and the one in which my parents live. And, randomly, I also have credit as a photographer as I am the photographer of the album cover The album debuted at #1 Jazz Current albums in Billboard, and Itunes Jazz charts.
(Culcha Vulcha es el nuevo album de Snarky Puppy. Hacía 8 años que no grababamos un album en estudio, y éste lo grabamos en El Paso, Texas en Sonic Ranch studios. Estuvimos un poco más de una semana grabando y debo decir que fué una de las semanas más inspiradoras de mi vida. Compartimos la percusion con Nate Werth y Keita Ogawa, y en Batería estaban nada menos que Robert Sput Searight, Jason JT Thomas, y Larnell Lewis. Tuve el honor de escribir una composición para el disco a la que le di el nombre “Palermo” haciendo honor a mi barrio favorito en Buenos Aires y en el cual viven mis padres. También soy el fotografo de la tapa del album. El album debutó nro. 1 en los rankings de Billboard y Itunes Jazz.)
Here are some reviews that mention “Palermo” in them.
(Aquí algunas reviews que mencionan “Palermo”)
The soundtrack vibe is also present on the glorious “Palermo,” recalling at once Piero Umiliani, Alessandro Alessandroni, and Jon Hassell‘sFourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics, with labyrinthine woodwinds, keys, brass, and rhythms
The intellectual heat of composition is most evident in the choppy rhythm of “Grown Folks” or the sizzling energy of “Palermo”
Acoustic brass blurs to trancey electronica on “Palermo” and “Grown Folks” – for me, the stand-outs – while the more cerebral opportunities of the studio show Michael League’s Grammy-winners briefly leaving jazz-funk for a more spacey electronica.
As previous recordings have shown, Snarky Puppy has this way of bringing in worldly rhythm and feel to new audiences through their funk-laced, rhythmic jazz. As they say it’s, “music for the brain and booty”. While this influence ebbs and flows, “Semente” and “Palermo” are great examples of the worldly influence being more upfront, drawing a parallel to previous torch-carriers like The Derek Trucks Band.
Key Tracks: Tarova, Beep Box, Palermo
Melody-led and densely designed, the ego-sublimating ensemble orchestrations submerge the solos within the soundscape. Similarly blended are the array of influences, global and generic. The opener, Tarova, for example, delivers a Southern sermon over a Bollywood beat. Palermo, meanwhile, pits frolicking flamenco
“Palermo” places you right in the tropics with enchanting flutes and vibes that hover over a deep-seated bass line. It grows in intensity and desire as the melody hums with the roar of the ocean. Just close your eyes and Snarky Puppy is capable of taking you to some far out places.