Mexico’s Café Tacvba was formed in 1989 by a group of graphic design students, and there’s always been something visual to their sound. It’s a blend of Mexican folk forms as well as big, bold, romantic rock; there’s no wonder the band members have cited the Cure and the Smiths as influences. Café Tacvba has earned a handful of Grammys and changed the Latin alternative game a few times over. Rolling Stone called the group’s 1994 album Re the best Latin rock album of all time.
And now, Café Tacvba keeps moving. Jei Beibi is the band’s eighth album, and it’s punctuated by a blend of electronic touches and the group’s trademark swooning drama. “Futuro” is a cosmic cumbia, futuristic and rooted at the same time.
“Futuro” appears on Jei Beibi, out now. Café Tacvba plays live at ACL Live on Thursday, September 21.
–Art Levy // host, Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., producer, My KUTX