Sangue Latino by La Palma: Review
“Sangue Latino” is a Brazillian merman’s mesmerizing tune that represents the beauty of Latino culture and captures the identity. The phrase translates to “Latino blood” and as La Palma’s Chris Walker’s mother is of Latin descent, it isn’t a surprise that he had his own heartfelt rendition from growing up with the song.
Originally performed by the Brazilian folk trio Secos & Molhados in 1973, comprising of bandmates Joo Ricardo, Gerson Conrad, and the incredible vocalist Ney Matogrosso. The tribute from La Palma is filled with undoubtful sincerity and warmth. It opens with maracas and a meaty rolling bass guitar, creating a spacey mesmerizing atmosphere close to Tame Impala’s tamer tracks. As the guitars and drums join in, it suddenly sets the scene for a warm, beautiful orange sunset in the 1970s. At a little lower volume than the original, Walker’s velvety smooth vocals arrive, and the guitars drift off into waves of lovely riffs. The vocals are evocative of La
Palma’s earlier works given that it is given an appropriate amount of reverb.
The incredible duo fuses their psychedelic style with tropicalia and dub in this cherishable Latin music, over an enticing beat that is simply too hard to ignore. Together, the stunning mix and the funky, catchy, wonderful bass line form a piece of delectable music. The song’s soothing and utterly original atmosphere was all it took for me to fall in love with it, and now it’s made its place in my evening de-stressing playlist. If you’re fond of the original, this is a must-listen cover that certainly doesn’t disappoint.
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Photo credits: Artwork by La Palma (Tim Gibbon & Chris Walker)
Review by: Audrey Castel