XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “The Hustle” by Kiltro

Kiltro | Photo by Scott McCormick

The Denver based Kiltro, fronted and led by Chilean-American singer-songwriter Chris Bowers-Castillo, draws much of its thematic energy from Latin-American folk artists like political musician Victor Jara, Chilean songwriter Violeta Parra, iconic Argentine musician Atahualpa Yupanqui, and folk music ensemble Inti-Illimani, blending Latin music with rock, electronic, and ambient musical influences.

Growing up, Bowers-Castillo divided his time between Colorado and Valparaíso, Chile. Citing Radiohead, Grizzly Bear, and Chilean folk as various influences, the name of the band is taken from the Spanish word, “quiltro,” a mongrel or mixed-breed dog.

Bowers-Castillo started Kiltro as a one man project and added guitarist Will Parkhill, and drummer Michael DeVincenzi whom he met in at college. Kiltro recently released their debut album, Creatures Of Habit, a collection of sublimely gorgeous songs. Below, listen to “The Hustle,” from Kiltro’s debut.

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