Y La Bamba
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Y La Bamba
It's easy to talk about an artist's growth as a series of musical decisions: an expanding sonic palette, a change in mood or tempo, an escape from the trappings of genre. It's harder to talk about an artist's personal - or even spiritual - growth, because that kind of progress is hard to track. Until, that is, an album like Y La Bamba's Ojos Del Sol comes along and screams of radical transformation on every level. The Portland act's fourth offering is a sweeping, playful and vulnerable collection that's ripe with both musical and personal discovery. From the intimate, contemplative verses of the Spanish-language title track to the revelations delivered over the loping beats of "Ostrich," this is an album that's painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw.
Stelth Ulvang breathes life into ordinary things a tattered, grey bowler hat made light as feather and nimble as a hummingbird when it's an extension of Stelth's palm and a piece of knotted wood sings as a new slingshot once Stelth's pocket knife has touched the bark.
Stelth is a creator; selftaught and continually curious to learn more, he's a talented multiinstrumentalist, spirited poet and composer of vulnerable, honest, and rich music. Able to balance heavy truths with the lightness of humor and observation, his songs share the wayfaring nature of his heart. His unique ability to transform living rooms, basements, backyards, kitchens, and even large venues into an intimate moment of storytelling, makes his carnivalstyle performance and confessional lyrics appealing to the human experience. Fulltime globe traveler, currently touring with The Lumineers, Stelth first kicked off his musical travels cofounding the band known as The Dovekins