With their second album, este mundo, Rupa and the April Fishes portray life’s accidental beauty and human suffering through a entirely unique melting pot of gypsy swing, Colombia cumbia, French chanson and Indian ragas. The CD is packaged in a matte-finish digipak complete with a 32-page booklet including stunning exclusive photos and English translations.
the album opens with an audio collage of sounds from the edge of things, the transitional zone. in ecology, it's the place where two ecosystems meet, where evolution occurs in the shortest time scale. i believe that in human history, the expressions that embody what is greatest about us come about in places where cultures and different groups are in close contact with one another. The machine heard in the song is from San Francisco's musée mechanique, which has a collection of antique hand-cranked, coin-operated moving picture machines. the wind howls as it does outside my door, blowing in off the pacific ocean, unsettling things. the cello picks it up, haunting. then the accordion, sounding like a wheel that it is less round than it should be, offering an imperfect cycle to a melody from eXtraOrdinary rendition, "c'est pas d'l'amour"—“that's not love.” the sounds of a man's bell and footsteps as he calls out "palettas" (popsicles) from the border. i was standing right up against the wall that separates the US from mexico when I recorded those sounds. he walks past us, a sound we recognize, but don't know from where. we are in the transitional zone. we are changing.