Women in Music 2016

Cuatro Caminos

With the arrival of this 14-track gem, hardcore CafÉ Tacuba fans have reason to rejoice.

With the arrival of this 14-track gem, hardcore Café Tacuba fans have reason to rejoice. All the familiar Café Tacuba hallmarks are present—moody rock, easy harmonies, ambient textures and a compelling, if at times odd, fusion of folk, electronic, punk and much more. While Tacuba's music has never been easy to categorize, "eclectic rock" fits the bill best. But here, the band seems to have transformed into an electronic version of the Beatles. Tacuba swings from such zippy tunes as "Tomar el Fresco" to the morose ("Hola Adios"). For dance action, there is the ska-cumbia "Eo," and the dark, echoey "Melodia" recalls early Housemartins. Elsewhere, the music is a strange yet incredibly persuasive hybrid of the Verve, Talking Heads and Radiohead. The blurring of musical borders continues.—RB