FROM THE BEACH TO THE MOUNTAINS, NOBODY CARRIES LA'S PAST INTO THE FUTURE
As soon as Elvin Estela realizes that Café Abir has Guinness on tap, our plans to head elsewhere for the interview disappear and we settle down for the duration. In San Francisco to open for the Mars Volta, the man known as Nobody nurses a pint while he marvels about the new directions he's headed in with his latest album.
Any relying on preconceptions could cause some to overlook the 50 minutes of pastoral bliss Estela has crafted on Pacific Drift: Western Water Music Vol. 1. Those seeking another installment of darkly tinted hip-hop along the lines of Soulmates (Ubiquity, 2000) might be surprised by the psychedelic pop turn Estela has taken, though fans familiar with his other projects might have seen it coming. Whether buying records for Fingerprints Records Store, programming eclectic treats on Dublab.com, or spreading knowledge on "She Comes in Colours," his radio show on Loyola University's KXLU, Estela makes no bones about his love of '60s psychedelia and bands like the Zombies or even the Monkees.
"Hokeyness is a good thing sometimes. I'm really into '70s and '60s soft rock right now, and it's hokey, but still a little twisted and soulful," says Estela as he mulls over the free, almost innocent feeling that runs through much of Pacific Drift. "It's kinda sad, but it's still hopeful that's a really hard feeling to put into music, but I wanted to see if I could do it."