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Rodrigo Y Gabriela announce 2012 album: Area 52

By ; October 28, 2011 at 6:08 PM 

Photo by Philip Cosores

Rodrigo Y Gabriela are festival staples, the kind of act you need zero experience with to be won over while watching the duo’s unmatched chemistry unfold on stage. But, they release albums, too. And, Rodrigo Y Gabriela will unveil their fourth studio album in early 2012, titled Area 52.

Area 52 will mark the first time Rodrigo Y Gabriela have collaborated outside themselves as they bring in a 13-piece Cuban orchestra to reinterpret 9 of their previously recorded songs. The resulting album will see release of January 24th via ATO Records. Below, check out Rodrigo Sanchez’s statement about the album and it’s alien title.

The album is called Area 52 because we felt like Mulder and Scully approaching this — it was just a crazy idea, to see if a big Cuban band could play our music, a step in the dark. We knew it was out there, everyone has heard of Area 51, but we wanted to take it a little further. We saw it as a trip into the unknown, an experiment. Okay we knew the producer, and had spoken to the arranger on Skype; but we didn’t know the musicians or the studio, or Cuba for that matter.

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