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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to the duo Reyna Tropical. They blend funk and psychedelic guitar to create a cumbia sound that is modern and catchy. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Gab Chabran on L.A. Taco.
"Lluvia" by Reyna Tropical
2019 | Los Angeles- and Portland-based duo with Mexican roots
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The music of Reyna Tropical aims to defy any type of preconceived notions of music and genre. Given that fact, the band still maintains the ability to craft a sound that is very much of the moment featuring a solid amount of world appeal.
Being inspired in part by the sounds of [Peruvian] Chicha allowed [guitarist] Fabi [Reyna] to think differently about how she approached her guitar playing. “The Peruvian psychedelic cumbia really gives the guitar like a whole other melodic identity,” she muses.
Reyna Tropical’s music and writing style occurred organically as the pair [Fabi and Sumo aka Nectali Díaz] began working together. “We didn’t question it. We went into the studio just to see what would happen. That’s kind of how we’ve gotten to know each other and our tastes,” says Fabi.
In the before times, the duo had cultivated a work ethic allowing them to tap into their creative energy at breakneck speed and efficiently. “I’m the kind of person that doesn’t like to work on something for too long. Because I feel like when I do, we begin to lose momentum,” says Díaz.
The duo has always been drawn to the idea of documenting a sense of time and history through their music. Songs such as Como Fuego begin with Fabi’s cosmic guitar tones, which seem to shimmer like the late afternoon sun that you can find reflected off the coastal water of some far-off and exotic place. As you take it all in, Diaz’s percussive sounding beats emerge, providing the song’s heart center. Before you know it, the song’s essence has drawn you in, and you’re whisked off to that far-off place with these new friends you’ve just made to help show you the way.