Cordero To Release Their First All-Spanish Album

posted August 21, 2008

Cordero To Release Their First All-Spanish Album

Cordero announce the upcoming release of De Donde Eres on August 26, 2008. Their second album on Bloodshot Records is their first to contain exclusively Spanish songs, written by Ani Cordero on her mother's guitar after an unfortunate string of personal crises. Cordero recorded the album in Brooklyn between tours and other performances; in 2008 they toured with Dengue Fever in February and March before heading out on a series of midwestern dates. Look for Cordero to be performing across the US around the release of the album, new shows have been announced in New York, Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta and Birmingham.

While Ani and husband Chris Verene (formerly of The Rock*A*Teens) are best known for their critically acclaimed, tension-laden independent rock, with De Donde Eres, the band has taken a side-route away from the anxious and angular sounds of En Este Momento or Lamb Lost in the City. De Donde Eres finds Cordero further exploring the rhythmic intricacies of Latin music while turning down the guitar amps for a much more quiet and inward set of songs. Ani's ever-nimble guitar patterns are threaded around Latin percussion, pulsing bass notes and bright horn lines as the band wrings a both-sides-of-the-border mystery out of gentle melodies that pay tribute to forebears such as Nick Drake, Belle and Sebastian, and Os Mutantes.

Thematically, De Donde Eres runs the gamut of emotions. While many songs--such as the ruminative "Guardasecretos"-find Cordero exploring the internal experience, album starter "Quique" is an immediate call to the dance floor, shot through with equal servings of melancholy and exuberant hopefulness. "La Yegua" ("The Mare") is a powerful statement of women's independence, staking out a place somewhere between "brave", "wild" and "fierce", while "Ruleta Rusa" ("Russian Roulette") castigates the greed of the profit-driven corporations and governments.

Cordero's music is clearly a product of its creative and cultural diaspora. An indie rock band with Latin roots, Cordero is led by a woman of Puerto Rican descent who calls Brooklyn her home, but still finds a kinship with many other places-Tucson, Atlanta, and other points on the map where she has lived or performed. The album title translates as "where are you from?" Indeed, "Where is she from?" has been the primary question from audiences and press alike. Ten years on stage responding to that same question has led the band to answer randomly, sometimes teasingly naming places like Atlanta, which while partly truth, is rarely exotic enough to satisfy the person asking.

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