Fronted by Austin-based two-time Grammy nominated producer & multi-instrumentalist Adrian Quesada, The Echocentrics are a band that fuses an exotic blend of Afrobeat, Latin funk, and Brazilian folk.
Emerging in 2011, Quesada constructs interesting cross-cultural songs, often mixing multiple languages, with songs sung in a mix of English, Portuguese and Spanish. His influences range from the likes of Tim Maia, Rita Lee, Serge Gainsbourg and David Axelrod and his sound is as diverse as you would imagine given the input of influences and inspirations!
For his 2016 LP Echo Hotel which released via Nacional Records Quesada teamed up with an array of artists including James Petralli (of White Denim), Alex Maas (of the Black Angels), Natalia Clavier (of Thievery Corporation), and (for today’s song) Bill Callahan. Gettin’ Away With Your Gal is a tender ballad in which Callahan’s lush baritone vocals are met with the dazzling contrast of flighty melodies and colourful percussion. It’s a song about escape and from the vibrant percussive flutters and lightweight harmonies it’s easy to drift off. Dare to dream and dance with the possibility of far away places as lyrics exclaim, “I dream of a getaway/A place not far away/Lets leave on a Saturday/Let’s leave right away.” Check it out above.