With so many incredible projects on his plate, one is left to wonder how the hell Adrian Quesada does it.
No, seriously. These are the brilliant musical tapestries of a very talented individual: A critically-acclaimed album with Spanish Gold, not to mention a performance on Letterman; taking Black Sabbath to the next level with Brownout‘s impressive and most ambitious project to date, Brown Sabbath, which Ozzy Osbourne applauds wholeheartedly; and pretty much everything that’s ever come from Quesada’s former band, Grupo Fantasma. Somehow, somewhere along the way, Quesada released the first Echocentrics album, Shadows (2011), born from an obscure Peruvian bolero Quesada heard some years ago.
Quite like its predecessor, Echo Hotel (2016) is flowing in waves of soul-psych heat from a middle-of-nowhere desert landscape. Adding to the dreamy haze is a roster of badass artists contributing to its sultry offerings – Natalia Clavier (Thievery Corporation), Alex Maas (The Black Angels), Jazz Mills, James Petralli (White Denim), Bill Callahan (Smog), and Tita Lima (daughter of Os Mutantes’ bassist Lihminia). Echo Hotel is a must for your summer soundtrack.
Join Echocentrics for their album release show tonight at The Parish, 214 E. 6th St., sharing the bill with Money Chicha, and featuring DJ JLa spinning between sets. One massive blowout. Doors open at 8 p.m. Very recommended.
-Photography by Cecile Fusco.