In August this year Sylvie played a concert in Santiago, Chile, accompanied by Chilean musicians Matias Cena on acoustic guitar and electric guitarist Diego Alorda. In the early hours of morning, drinking Pisco Sours at the party after the show, Matias and Diego suggested the three of them go into AlgoRecords Studio, owned by their friend and legendary Chilean rock musician, Perrosky, and play the songs through once again and record a bootleg.
Since Sylvie was leaving the next day to fly back to San Francisco, on a rainy album, after a couple of hours’ sleep, the three went into the studio and, with no rehearsals, just started playing and singing together, and Perro captured it all on tape.
“It was a cold morning”, Sylvie told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, “which is why we’re all dressed in coats and hats – but everything else was so warm: the atmosphere in the studio, the little paraffin stove Perro lit for us to warm our hands on, and the camaraderie with Matias and Diego. My Chilean concert was the first time I’ve played as a trio with two guitar players (as opposed to a guitarist and a bass player or something else) but with one being acoustic, the other electric, and each having a distinct tone and style, I loved the effect. I think we captured a real intimacy – a very sleepy intimacy after so little sleep – but it suits the songs so well!”
Algo en Algo, the Bootleg album, is available free to stream or download here:
Hey That’s No Way
Hard Act To Follow
My Lips Still Taste of You
Bird on the Wire (with Spanish verse)
Tags: Diego Alorda, El Mercurio Chile, free bootleg, Matias Cena, perro, Santiago, Sylvie Simmons, the bootleg sessions