Cover image: “Cha Cha Palace” by Angelica Garcia. Designed by Angelica Garcia, Marissa Alper, Mariela Gavino. Photography by Marissa Alper.
Angelica Garcia is an artist from Richmond who is starting to light the world on fire. Originally from the L.A. area, her music is absolutely intoxicating, always with a heavy groove, thick beats, and musical elements from her Mexican and Salvadoran roots providing the foundation. The video for her single “Lucifer Waiting” was released a few months ago (April ’20) and like everything else she releases, it’s catchy, captivating and totally addictive. After hearing it once, you won’t find yourself wanting to hear it again so much as NEEDING to experience it again. There’s no real chorus, but her mischievous, sultry, trilling vocals return to the title refrain “Lucifer Waiting In The Corner” over and over and over again until, like the song itself, you eagerly await its return. The kick drum pounds reliably along underneath to a steady 4 that feels like it wants to be coaxed into something faster as the snare shuffles and sways and drags the listener along. I promise you, as you listen something in you or on you will start moving, if not both. There’s a darkness to the bass-driven melody which bubbles slowly in a mysterious, smoky E minor vamp, (it actually reminded me of Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” which I love) but it also has a celebratory quality to it reminiscent of a street party, something often present in her music. Enough rambling breakdown. Watch the video and enjoy the song. And good luck getting it out of your head.
It should be noted that on this video her RVA-area label Spacebomb Records worked with RVA-area marketing agency and design firm Arts and Letters to create the animation and graphics.
Todd Feldman of The Rocket Factory, organizer of SparkJam 2020 talks about the upcoming event. SparkJam 2020 is a virtual online event being held Friday June 26 from 8am to 6pm to benefit the Virginia 30 Day Fund. It will feature speakers, music performances and will address challenges facing small businesses in 2020.
Performers include Saw Black and Landon Elliott with a panel of speakers including:
Andy McGraw – Moderator, University of Richmond/Rumput
Reggie Pace, No BS Brass /Hustle Season Podcast/Bon Iver
David Judson Clemmons joins me live from Germany via Skype. He’s a Richmond guy who moved to L.A. to play music and ended up moving to Germany where he’s been ever since. His new album “Tribe and Throne” is out now and available everywhere. We talk about his travels, his time in Richmond, what he’s up to in Germany, connecting with fellow RVA music Greta Brinkman and more. This episode is also on YouTube in 2 parts.
Doug Nunnally from the Richmond music website The Auricular is in-studio to talk local music and spin some recent tracks he’s digging. We pay special attention to The Auricular’s Feb 1 – 8 Richmond Roundup.