Posted on April 14 2020
Uruguay-based duo announce new live session series and share the first video for 'Ida', taken from their second LP 'Selva'.
After wrapping up their second album ‘Selva’, released earlier this year on Fuzz Club, Uruguayan group Las Cobras headed into their recording space to film a series of live session videos - with the duo (comprising Leandro Rebellato and Sofía Aguerre) and their live band storming through tracks off the new record and some covers. Today, we’re super excited to share a video of the band playing ‘Ida’ from those sessions. You can check it out below.
On their debut 'Temporal' LP Las Cobras magnificently fused together a cocktail of dirty psych-rock and murky shoegaze with traces of afrobeat and Tropicalia, but throughout the new album ('Selva' translating from Spanish to ‘jungle’) the band could be found taking all of those elements and cranking them up to 11. Charting a similar sonic path to the likes of Khruangbin and Goat, Las Cobras’ meandering psychedelic jams are infused with the sounds of their Latin American homeland. On the near eight-minute live rendition of ‘Ida’ – lifted from the 'Selva' LP – this is made all too clear, Sofía’s sublime entrancing vocals paired against distorted psych guitar wig-outs and lush synths.
The videos were recorded in Las Cobras’ practice space in their hometown of Canelones, built with their own hands after finding themselves fed up with the lack of suitable places to make as much noise as they want in the small city they call home. After the release of their debut album Las Cobras instantly started making waves in the international psych scene but, whilst they’ve been able to tour across Peru, Uruguay and Chile, they’ve not yet been able to make their way over to our side of the pond. With recent plans for a European tour temporarily put to a halt in light of the current pandemic.
As such, Leandro says: “We wanted to do these sessions so that our friends from other parts of the world that we have not yet been able to visit could see how we are and how we play live. Hopefully, as soon as Covid passes, we’ll be able to come visit them all.” Whilst we might have to wait a little longer to catch the band here on European shores, these videos are just the fix – offering us an insight into a side of Las Cobras that we’re yet to see, but certainly will soon.
You can buy 'Selva' on vinyl here.