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Mestis (Animals As Leaders) Sign With Sumerian Records


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Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes has signed a new deal with Sumerian Records for his side project Mestis. A 5-song EP titled “Basal Ganglia” will serve as the first release of the freshly-inked deal and will hit stores via the label on November 27th.

Mestis finds Reyes handling guitars, bass and the production and mixing duties. His Animals As Leaders bandmate Matt Garstka handled the drum programming for the release; while Hector Barez (Calle 13, Bio Ritmo) helmed the percussion and David Stout (Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson) contributed trombone.

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Reyes said the following of the project:

Basal Ganglia is an EP that come from several places, and by places, I mean influences. I’ve always wanted to create a style of music that focused on being emotionally exploitive and technically sound, yet simple enough for the average music listener to appreciate.

Another influence was using the eight string guitar in a form that is unconventional to the ‘trends’ or independent of characteristics that are found in music styles/genres that have popularized it. Another and important reason was to create a true form of my own independent voice as an artist. To create music that expressed my personality, upbringing, emotions and musical taste.”

You can watch a promo video for the track “Te Mato” below:

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