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Red Earth

Y La Bamba

  • Listen to the song "Species"

    Recorded by Luz Elena Mendoza in 2016, these seven lo-fi recordings were created in the Temple—Luz's home studio and sanctuary. They are in-the-moment sonic installations, reflecting the time between her return from a trip to Mexico City and up to and including the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections. They run the full range of Luz's musical voice and vision, from reflective ballads to upbeat, guitar-driven rock.

    100% of the proceeds from the sale of the Red Earth cassette go to Adelante Mujeres, and organization that provides holistic education and empowerment opportunities to low income Latina women and their families in Oregon's western Washington County. Learn more here.

  • 1. West
    2. Species
    3. The Loneliness of Michael Collins
    4. Sink
    5. Earth Body
    6. Red Earth
    7. Desert

    Album Artwork by Luz Elena Mendoza
    All tracks recorded and preformed by Luz Elena Mendoza.
    Drums and mastering by Philip Rodgers.
    Drums on "Earth Body" by Geneva Harrison.
    "West" recorded by Chris Funk in Gates, OR.
  • Y La BambaY La Bamba Formed in 2008, Y La Bamba is the project of songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza. Upon listening to Mendoza’s music it’s clear that she draws from a myriad of influences—from Mexican 30’s tunes to Devendra Banhart. Mendoza’s distinctive voice, poetic and honest lyrics, and melding of disparate genres has earned the project fans across the country and has perked the ears of journalists at the likes of NPR, Vice, and Rolling Stone. Always open to exploration and hungry for further musical development, Y La Bamba is an exciting band to watch grow and consistently keeps fans wondering and anxious to see what they will put out next.
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