«There were a lot of songs in search of a band. It was time to do my own thing» recalls the Spanish guitarist and singer-songwriter Jairo Zavala with not a little modesty about the conception of his current group, Depedro. The band’s self-titled debut album was recorded with the participation of the desert rockers of Calexico and the Spanish vocalist Amparo Sanchez. What followed were five superb studio albums, his second described his experiences exploring the world with tireless touring and he called it «La incredible Historia de un Hombre Bueno». Pursuing similar themes and sounding again like a travelogue memorizing his journeys is his latest from 2016, the smashing «El Pasajero». Reflecting on a global scale yet not sacrificing local flavor, the album is celebrating his renewed exploration of the mysteries of Africa. The songs grow on you because they harness the energy emanating from the one continent we’re all originally from. It transforms that loaded recognition of our common ancestry into a vision of how things could go forward. To Jairo, you and he and everybody, we’re all passengers in spirit and body. And perfectly capable to correct the error of our ways.
This is a contemplative work and its magic grows and blooms through its melodic simplicity and refreshing purity. It’s music with a message that’s non-conformist, the lyrics have depth and its beauty is persistent in its search for unification with emotion. It magnificently succeeds. «The songs of ‘El Pasajero’ were inspired by our travels and come to life through the interactions with musicians from all around the world. They’re like a documentary which sets out to chronicle the search for the roots of the West African music of Senegal. I think, yes, the songs are about travelling with Latino, European and Asian musician but it’s fair to say that the musical backbone of the album remains Latino.»
Jairo Zavala and Depedro. They hold the key for your own shackles to come off.