If you’re part of the crowd that still feels abrupted by the “yos” in “Por La Ventana,” you might want to surrender the purist mindset once and for all. Gepe’s new single, “En La Naturaleza (4-3-2-1-0),” first single off forthcoming album GP, is a wild one (that countdown is not in vain). Daniel Riveros has a special talent for bending the melodic conservatism of folk music to craft wholesome pop grace. It’s an unorthodox form of distillation, but acknowledging nature’s fearsome hostility needed this much rhythmic abrasion. Gepe (with help from labelmate Pedropiedra and producer Cristian Heyne) flirts with military orchestration, Andino apparitions, and a reggaeton beat to penetrate into “la nueva conquista experimental.” Unlike anything in Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz, Gepe doesn’t just swamp you, he brings you back up swooning in joy.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | Posted by Carlos Reyes at 8:05 AM