First Spin: Y La Bamba's Fleet-Footed 'Squawk'

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[Photo: Ingrid Renan]
David Bevan WRITTEN BY
David Bevan

According to press release legend, "mariachi-inspired" Portland indie folk collective Y La Bamba took their name from Bamba, a six-toed cat lead vocalist Luz Elena Mendoza chilled with while recuperating from an illness that ended a spiritual quest in India. Though Mendoza started out writing and recording alone in her bedroom, her songwriting has since benefitted from a wealth of musicians (including the Decemberists' Chris Funk) and caught the ear of Los Lobos' Steve Berlin, who produced their forthcoming full-length, Court the Storm. Check out the fleet-footed melodies and moves of album cut "Squawk". It's out February 28 via Tender Loving Empire.


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