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Latin Folk and Storytelling from Cuñao

Cuñao – Rayuela (Ides of March Records, 2020)

Rayuela is the second album from Los Angeles-based band Cuñao. The ensemble plays music rooted in acoustic Mexican and South American folk music along with African beats and Eastern European sounds with electric incursions into Latin funk rock.

The vocals are in Spanish and the instrumentation used includes an unexpected mix of guitars, accordion, fiddle, mandolin and global percussion.

The album was inspired by Julio Cortazar’s 1963 novel Rayuela. Cuñao interlaced various musical styles cemented through dreamy and reflective lyrics about death, love, doubt, and hope.