Eyes saucer-wide, ears tingling with incredulous joy, I watched the finale of Rodrigo y Gabriela‘s recent Pittsburgh performance. Their fingers were racing across the frets of their guitars, moving so fast that I was sure their instruments would rip into flame from the sheer friction of their flying fingers. The show ended, guitars in one piece, but that didn’t mean Rodrigo y Gabriela’s show was anything short of incendiary.
If you’ve got no idea who Rodrigo y Gabriela are, it’s time to change that. You can start by watching their video of “Diablo Rojo” above. Go ahead, start streaming now. Take a minute. Listen. See what I mean? Incredible, right? How one song can meld together such a seductive combination of chords, rhythm, technique, and passion is purely baffling. And, “Diablo Rojo” isn’t the only song by this Mexican duo that will make you comatose with awe — they all will.
What do you think of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s music? Had you heard of them before?