Wow! How I never caught wind of Sr. Langosta before is stumping the ever-living hell out of me. But how thankful I am that this fusion band of Caribbean jazz funk recently sent me an e-mail to check out their new album ‘El Experimento Caribeño‘. This mere six track collection of work has more intricacies than nearly any album I have ever reviewed for Swept Media (or any music I reviewed during my time at Raz Mataz Music, or GUFF).
Cards on the table, this sort of music isn’t necessarily what I kick back to at the end of a day, nor do I think it could be in the future. Listening to this album over and again, all I can do is discover new sounds I hadn’t noticed previously. There is always a deeper layer, or a new run that had previously gone unnoticed while focus was elsewhere in the track. That being said: take away any one piece from these tunes, and surely it simply would not achieve the same fantastic feel. The beautiful chords, little licks, stuttered percussion…there is a wow factor to this form of fusion that any musician would certainly be able to appreciate, regardless of one’s preferences.
Each of the core members in the band are highly skilled graduates from Puerto Rico’s Conservatory of Music, and it truly shows. Not only in the Caribbean influence of the music itself, but in the technical talent of each musician. That being said, this album was not created solely by the original members of the band. This album came to fruition through the work of twelve musicians, with separate engineering and mastering! Considering how small a product it might seem – to put out only six tracks – this was one hell of a production.
The ins and outs of the tracks themselves can hardly be explained in any way other than by listening. So sudden are some of the changes, but so fitting all the same, that it would be pointless to attempt to break down each song. Truly, a graduate study could be done, examining perhaps even just one of the tracks of El ‘Experimento Caribeño‘. Thankfully each of these tracks isn’t just a mere three minutes, but expansive enough for real exploration. One can really dig into the experimentation that is this album. Experimentation, by the way, that is clued in via the title, hinting at not only the method by which the album was made, but also the experimentation that happened to once take place on the island of Puerto Rico itself. The artwork for the album, done by Elimelec Mercado makes homage to this as well.
Only their second album, and having only dropped a month ago, I already cannot wait to hear what it is that Sr. Langosta comes out with next. This group of Puerto Rican music graduates is certainly a dream team with regards to fusion, and while I’m sure Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton production is swell, I think there’s a greater product of that disenfranchised territory…and it’s called Sr. Langosta!