The sweet and tender sounds of Y La Bamba are back with their fourth release, Ojos Del Sol, and an fantatic single titled, “Ostrich.” Luz Elena Mendoza has played with a few other bands as well as under her own name but after a few years of a hiatus, the Portland band is back and taking listeners for a joy ride into the realm of genuinely crafted Mexifolk songs.
Mendoza has had some personal growth that adds to the growth of Y La Bamba. Songs on their latest release range greatly in tone and depth. Acoustic songs like the big-hearted opener, “Ojos Del Sol” says it all in just a few strokes on a presumably worn-down acoustic guitar. The all-Spanish song shares a romantic tale of in love notes like, ‘your kisses find me in the dark’ and ‘you’re like the ghostly wind that blows me.’ The album shares a collection of colorful moods and genres that has been compared to artist like Feist, Emily Wells and Sharon Von Etten.
The L.A. crowd was ready for the gentle hypnotic spell Mendoza had planned for the night. Her backup band is was incredible as the ebb and flow between musicians and sonic art produced coalesced into a deep appreciation for the spaces in between the lines. They took their time play each note on “Libre,” “Orca” and “Bendito.” The show also included a few solo acoustic tracks by Mendoza, which included, “Ojos Del Sol” and “Iris.” The fans, while not bothered with being packed like sardine in that room, will definitely attempt to fill the next room Y La Bamba plays in L.A. Their current album, Ojos Del Sol is out now with a current tour in select cities this fall.