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Folktales from a Mexican seafarer ranchero with a perennial broken heart.

Rana Santacruz’s richness lies deep in Mexican soil: a buried treasure of plundered Celtic tunes, ranchera-song lamentations and magical-realistic folktales that could have been part of a lost chapter from a rural cuento written by Juan Rulfo. Chicavasco (2009) is his debut album: a delicate collection of bohemian vignettes permeated by a true sensorial feel of rain, leather and mezcal.

He may be a tiny figure blurred in a huge musical landscape; watch him come up the hills and down the slopes, as he slowly claims his place among one of our favourite singer-songwriters. It is necessary to believe in Magical Realism: a treasure lies beneath this record.

Very good

Excellent debut album, but Rana Santacruz is even better on stage...

Amazing Album

One of the best folk works out there. Incredible melodies and arrangements and incredibly well-produced and recorded album.
Highly recommended.


Born: Mexico City, Mexico

Genre: Latino

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Rana Santacruz is a Mexican-born, Brooklyn-based singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter whose marriage of seemingly disparate musical styles, from mariachi and bluegrass to Celtic folk and even Eastern European wedding music, made him a mainstay on stages in both his adopted city and at regional musical festivals. Santacruz was born in Mexico City. From a very young age, he was exposed to sounds from all over the spectrum, though he identified most closely with rock & roll. His first band,...
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