El Xicano, La Grande Paura

The last time we heard from El Xicano was approximately this time last year, when he joined us for an installment of A Good Read A Good Listen and A Good Drink. His long-awaited EP La Grande Paura (The Great Fear) has at long last been turned loose upon the world, and it is just as delightful as I remembered.

By delightful I mean: Perfect for a rainy day just on the edge of chilly, as it is here. You could probably also sort Halloween candy to this music. Or carve a pumpkin. Perhaps work on the final touches of your costume.

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A Good Read A Good Listen and a Good Drink: El Xicano

It’s a simple yet sublime pleasure, and just thinking about it can make you feel a little calmer, a little more content. Imagine: You bring out one of the good rocks glasses (or your favorite mug or a special occasion tea cup) and pour a couple fingers of amber liquid (or something dark and strong or just some whole milk). You drop the needle on the jazz platter (or pull up a blues album on your mp3 player or dig out that mixtape from college). Ensconcing yourself in the coziest seat in the house, you crack the spine on a classic (or find your place in that sci-fi paperback or pull up a biography on your e-book reader). And then, you go away for a while. Ah, bliss.

In this series, some of NTSIB’s friends share beloved albums, books and drinks to recommend or inspire.

And now, a very special holiday/Friday/holiday Friday treat: a new song from my favorite international man of mystery El Xicano. This one is called I Mostri (Monsters), and it’s a little bit more mellow than La Grande Pauro, but no less lovely. The rest of the EP will surface next year, but in the … Continue reading

Video: El Xicano, La Grande Pauro

And now, all the way from Italy, international man of mystery El Xicano, with a deceptively idyllic video for “La Grande Paura” (The Great Fear), the first and most mellow tune from his self-titled but as yet unreleased EP.

Even on sunny days at the beach, there are flickers of darker things . . .

EL XICANO – La Grande Paura

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(I’ve watched this video three times and I’m still not sure if that sunny beach is just random found home video footage, or footage from Jonestown. So there’s an extra layer of creepy-crawly uncertainty.)

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