Rodrigo y Gabriela Return with '9 Dead Alive' Album

BY Alex HudsonPublished Jan 16, 2014

Since 2009's 11:11, Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have tided fans over with their Live in France LP and the orchestral remake collection Area 52. Now, they're ready to drop their latest studio album of new material. It's called 9 Dead Alive, and the record will arrive on April 29 through ATO Records.

The pair self-record and self-produced the album at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. Mixing was subsequently handled by Andrew Scheps (Black Sabbath, Lady Gaga, Adele).

According to an announcement, the sessions found Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero "playing face to face, guitar versus guitar, bursting with melodic energy and rhythmic invention." Thematic inspirations include influential 12th century French Queen consort Eleanor of Acquitaine, 20th century existentialist Viktor Frankl, and the natural world, while the sound comes from rock rather than Latin music.

Watch a trailer for the album below. It includes some snippets of new music, and the interview snippets give viewers a taste of the duo's live approach in the studio.

9 Dead Alive:

1. The Soundmaker (inspired by Antonio de Torres Jurado: 1817 – 1892)

2. Torito (inspired by animals and nature)

3. Sunday Neurosis (inspired by Viktor Frankl: 1905 – 1997)

4. Misty Moses (inspired by Harriet Tubman: 1820 – 1913)

5. Somnium (inspired by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz: 1651 – 1695)

6. Fram (inspired by Fridtjof Nansen: 1861 – 1930)

7. Megalopolis (inspired by Gabriela Mistral: 1889 – 1957)

8. The Russian Messenger (inspired by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: 1821 – 1881)

9. La Salle Des Pas Perdus (inspired by Eleanor of Acquitane: 1122 – 1204)

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