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Canibalismo by Chicha Libre
Released: May 2012
Label: Barbès Records
Besides a play on (racist) vintage exotica, Chicha Libre's second album title is also a reference to musically omnivorous habits -- habits these expat New Yorkers who play an obscure form of Peruvian psychedelic cumbia have hung their hats on. With chicha as its wavering foundation, Canibalismo gobbles up hits of nearly every complementary style: spaghetti western, surf rock, French café pop, samba and more. But don't let the acid haze fool you: The Scooby Doo slink of "Danza Del Millonario" and even the chicha-fying of Wagner are tightly coiled, carefully crafted grooves.
Rachel Devitt
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