Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Empanadas Illegales - "La Danza Del Vampiro"

Photo by Iris Chia

We've been getting more and more cumbia or at least cumbia inspired music submitted to us, but this may be the first cumbia-psych song we've covered. "La Danza Del Vampiro" comes from Vancouver's Empanadas Illegales, and it's one of the more fun songs we've brought you this year. A mostly instrumental song, it's beyond dance friendly, and is a combination of salsa, jazz, and psych rock. Even if you're not typically into world or Latin music, "La Danza Del Vampiro" could just well win you over. The psych sound Empanadas Illegales bring to their music gives this such a unique spin on all genres involved.

Guitarist/vocalist Ricardo Perez says of the band's new song:

“This is our homage to an old school cumbia song from the 1950s by Sonido Verde de Moyobamba. Whenever we travel we go digging to find music that you can’t hear anywhere else, and when Danny went back to Colombia he found this record. It has a very happy vibe with African beats and a calypso feel that’s not directly a cumbia. Jaimie and I always like to have conversations with our guitar solos, so we decided to switch back and forth with different tones and then come together with the new melody we wrote that ends the song. It’s not a conversation anymore because we’re talking at the same time.”

You can watch the video for "La Danza Del Vampiro" below. Creepy Mambo: Rooftop Sessions is due out on April 5 on We Are Time Records, and is available for pre-order via Bandcamp. For more on Empanadas Illegales, check out the band on Instagram and Facebook.

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