El Gusano :: Fantasia del Barrio

Originally released in 1975, El Gusano’s Fantasia del Barrio was given a second life in 2010 via the Austin, TX based Heavy Light Records. It too soon found itself out of print. Described as the missing link between Texas psychedelia and the chicano soul and funk of the late 1960s and early 70s, the record’s ten instrumental tracks pivot between zeitgeisty rock and humid groove. And it’s the groove that makes this set memorable, particularly on album opener “Work Your Hand To The Bone”, a two and half minute percussive funk workout laced with loping bass and guitar, all grounded by an undercurrent of woozy, snaking synth.

El Gusano :: Work Your Hand To The Bone

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