Oozy (Nat Geo Music , 2012)
Austin’s Brownout is one of the most captivating Latin roots rock bands in the U.S. music scene. Although the group was initially an alter ego jam band of well-known Austin (Texas) band Grupo Fantasma, Brownout has matured into a stable band with a life of its own.
“When Brownout first came together some eight years and four albums ago, we called ourselves the ‘alter ego’”, says bassist Greg Gonzalez. “At this point it’s more like a split personality. The bands play completely different repertoires of music in different and varied styles. It’s like two separate movies with mostly the same cast. One movie is set in a pan-tropical world, spoken in Spanish with subtitles and the other takes place in a psychedelic Afro-centric reality. Same actors but unique plot and context“.
Oozy is the latest album by Brownout and it’s even better than the previous efforts. These tejanos are a rhythm machine, mixing funk, rock and Afro-Latin rhythms with early 1970s psychedelia and Santana.
“Brownout has successfully avoided trends and musical movements for close to a decade now, choosing to take the music and sound in our own direction,” says guitarist Adrian Quesada. “Rather than trying to sound like a lost record from 1970s, our analog sound is all our own – big, bombastic and at times psychedelic.”
The Brownout sound is characterized by dual guitars loaded with psychedelic effects, a potent percussion section, harmonic vocals and brass greatness.
Oozy is a phenomenal album of soulful Latin funk and psychedelia at its finest.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.