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HiperAsia is the new album by El Guincho. Manson created a movie based on it. The film is an animated visual journey through El Guincho’s HiperAsia through the eyes of Tomás Peña. The movie does not illustrate thirteen songs but works as a symbolic biopic in connection with musical mechanisms and emotions contained in the album. You can see the trailer above.


Born Pablo Díaz-Reixa in the Canary Islands, the Spanish-owned archipelago off the coast of Northwestern Africa, El Guincho found indie blog fame in early 2008, shortly after the release of his album Alegranza!, which coincided nicely with his North American debut performance in Austin, TX, at the SXSW festival.

At age 14, Díaz-Reixa left his home for Continental Europe to focus on a career in sports, but when that didn’t work out, he moved to Barcelona, where he played drums in various bands, including Coconot with his guitar-playing cousin. It was while touring with Coconot in 2006 that the idea for El Guincho —blending samples of his favorite tropicalia and calypso along with percussion and his own vocals— came about.

Alegranza! was almost instantly compared to Panda Bear’s Person Pitch and won El Guincho prized spots at both SXSW and the Pitchfork Music Festival, along with many favorable reviews. His second album, Piratas de Sudamérica, Vol. 1, was released in July of 2010 and the third, Pop Negro, recorded in Berlin’s Planet Roc studio and various locations around Spain, in September of 2010.

HiperAsia is El Guincho’s fourth album.

*Part of this biography was written by Marisa Brown for iTunes.