Artist Of The Day: Mapache

posted by Shane German on 03/02/2020

Blending expert harmonies with melodic folk-rock that harkens back to the late '60s and early '70s, Mapache (Raccoon in Spanish) is a California-based duo featuring vocalists and guitarists Sam Blasucci and Clay Finch. The duo looked to Neil Young, Flying Burrito Brothers, and other legends of rock-born Americana when crafting their music.

Mapache’s new album, From Liberty Street, captures the Los Angeles duo at their finest, with the duo weaving airtight harmonies around stripped-down, organic arrangements that blur the lines between traditional folk and modern cosmic country.

The songs here reckon with longing, desire, and change, and the arrangements draw on everything from Hawaiian-steeped surf and Mexican boleros (Blasucci spent two years living South of the border) to Bakersfield twang and lonesome cowboy campfire tunes, all delivered with the kind of easygoing charm and natural intuition usually reserved for blood brothers or married couples.

It’s an instantly engaging chemistry the two share, a captivating musical bond that mirrors the comfort, closeness, and camaraderie of the album’s homespun roots.

From Liberty Street was recently added to the WYCE Music Library.

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