Y La Bamba is an indie folk band from Portland, Oregon that is led by chanteuse Luz Elena Mendoza, whose spectral voice adds a dream-like quality to the band's Latin-tinged style of experimental folk. Although one might be tempted to classify the band's music as more typical indie folk upon first listen, there are flashes of brilliance to be found throughout many of Y La Bamba's songs, particularly in those that combine the rhythms and melodies of Latin music with whimsical folk styling. Despite the band's relative lack of public renown at this time, based on the many instances of acclaim for its work across various music blogs and publications, Y La Bamba stands as a truly great band still performing under the radar.
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