XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Cuatro Crazy” by Y La Bamba

Photo by Steffannie Walk | Courtesy of the artist

Y La Bamba is the musical nom de plume of Luz Elena Mendoza. Menodza formed the group in 2006 in Portland, Oregon, and created an eclectic mix of folk, ethereal pop, and traditional Latin music. The daughter of immigrants from Michoacan, Mexico, she’s worked with an evolving cast of players on her records, however at the heart of Y La Bamba is Mendoza’s musical vision.

Y La Bamba recently released its fifth album, Mujeres.”Mujeres” is Spanish for woman, and the album is a musically rich, highly textured collection of songs about identity and womanhood. On it Mendoza blends indie-rock and Mexican folk music with uncompromising confidence.

Y La Bamba is currently on tour and performs at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, April 9th.

Below, listen to “Cuatro Crazy.”

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