Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced a full UK tour for the autumn and also released the video for Mettavolution, Getintothis’ Lucy McLachlan has the low down.
Following their recent sold–out Roundhouse show, and with their new album, Mettavolution, released to much critical acclaim, Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced an extensive UK tour for autumn this year.
Additionally, the band have shared a visually arresting video to the album’s title track, of which they say:
“It was wonderful to work with director George Mays on this video and, once again, we worked with visual designer Joshua Pierce who also designed the Mettavolution album cover. His ethereal landscapes bring a sense of otherworldly nature to the video. With this video, we were trying to balance the energy of the track with a meditative calm where we are at one with our surroundings”.
Three years in the making, Mettavolution brings together Rodrigo y Gabriela’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species; all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars.
Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, then road-tested in South America and the USA in 2017, before more fine tuning and further tweaks on their Australian tour of 2018, a long list of new material was distilled down to six new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions and one cover version.
Deep-rooted fans who discovered Rod and Gab through their 2006 self-titled breakout album have long recognised the Mexicans’ mastery of their instruments.
Rodrigo’s shimmering, hummingbird flourishes hovering over Gabriela’s extraordinary engine room rhythm section are present and correct on Mettavolution, but what sets this new record apart is the laser-guided focus on melody, energy and beat. There is not an ounce of excess baggage on the fresh, dynamic tunes they present here.
Tour dates are as follows:
Sun 22 Liverpool O2 Academy
Tue 24 Bath Forum
Wed 25 Gateshead Sage
Thu 26 Glasgow O2 Academy
Sat 28 Leeds O2 Academy
Sun 29 Manchester Albert Hall
Mon 30 Birmingham O2 Institute
Fri 04 London Eventim Apollo
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