28 Aug '13, 6pm
"Finding something like that on a contemporary Salsa album is practically like seeing a unicorn in the flesh."
Puerto Rico's most interesting progressive Salsa band, Orquesta el Macabeo , is back with a new release, Lluvia Con Sol . Although this is unquestionably a Salsa band, its members have experience in Ska, Reggae, Punk, Rock and Jazz as well, and this influences not only the lyrics, which are often funny, hard-hitting and sometimes full of social commentary, but the songwriting itself, which sometimes uses melodies that would work as well in Two-Tone or Third-Wave Ska as they do in Salsa. (All of the songs on the recording are originals.) Don't let this frighten you if you are a dancer or DJ - the rhythms are what you would expect in a Salsa album, and there won't be any trouble on the dance floor. There is even a beautifully-written bolero/canción, Olvidame , and finding something like that on a contemporary Salsa album (as opposed to tributes or retrospectives) is practica...