. issue XVI : iii .

by barathron

. artist : teo laura .
. album : el sonido de la carretera central .
. year : 2013 .
. label : masstropicas .
. grade : a minus .

TeoLaura

Masstropicas’ excavation of Peruvian chicha continues apace with this fine compilation of bands that all featured the guitarist Teo Laura Amao, who’s still active today. Laura is one of the leading exponents of the style called Carretera Central (“Central Highway”). (The name refers to Peru’s major east-west highway PE-22, connecting Lima to the high Andes and the selva, the Amazonian rainforest, beyond it.) Laura is from Ñaña, about 20 kilometers from Peru along PE-22, and his twangy playing fits somewhere in between the deeply psychedelic cumbia Amazonica of groups like Juaneco Y Su Combo and the more worldly sound of Lima-based groups like Los Destellos. The highlights here are seven tracks by pioneering Carretera Central combo Los Sanders, in which Laura replaced founding guitarist Lener Muñoz. “El Sha La La,” “Reyna De Mi Corazon,” and “Caminando De La Mano” give you a good example of the breadth of the Los Sanders sound. “El Rey Loco” is a swinging instrumental by Los Blue Kings, another early Ñaña combo, and “El Borrachito Peruano” is something a little different – an accordion-driven song that starts out almost like Colombian vallenato. More great finds here from Masstropicas – keep ‘em coming, Mike.

by Bill Lupoletti

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