Ola Podrida

Ola Podrida

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAlternative

Headed by film composer David Wingo, Ola Podrida have performed their atmospheric, folk-tinged, majestic noise at sold-out headlining shows in New York, at the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Europe, and with like-minded contemporaries including Fleet Foxes and Beach House.

Biography

Selected press for BELLY OF THE LION:

"...lingers long after those last notes have stopped reverberating."
– Pitchfork (7.8)

"one of the year's best bedroom listens..."
– Austinist

"Belly of the Lion, on which Wingo plays every instrument except a few drum tracks, should push Ola Podrida into the thick of indie rock's folk awakening. It puts a rural twist on modern dream pop."
– Austin Chronicle

"Wingo succeeds at creating these affecting, gauzy rooms of sound. These are songs that are shimmering but never precious, beautiful but not immaculate."
- Pop Matters

"an accomplished collection of spacey folk songs sure to win your indie heart..."
– Magnet

"one of my favourite songwriters...Ola Podrida are wonderful."
– SaidTheGramophone

"his most acomplished work to date..."
– AquariumDrunkard

"You’ll want to have this album on hand as we prepare for the winter, and as you prepare to make your record collection complete with masterful pieces of art."
– Austin Town Hall

"a rich, textured work, edging Wingo's Americana-focused concerns into a territory that sounds - dare I say it - pretty close to cinematic."
– Flavorwire

"...mercurial acoustics couched in mood-setting chamber sonics."
– American Songwriter

"enchants with subtle artistry."
– Clash

"David Wingo has squared the circle of how to do alt-country/folk today and still be special..."
– QRO

"Recorded at home, the record exemplifies an organic yet balanced sound often so difficult to come by..."
– The Line of Best Fit

"It's without question one of the year's best."
– Indiewire.com

"This is Love with a capital L..."
– Luxury Wafers

"Absolutely stunning...astonishingly subtle and beautiful work that should end up on numerous best–of–2009 lists."
– California Chronicle

'Your Father's Basement', a fragile acoustic story with drops of electric guitar frozen by Wingo's broken voice.""
– Pitchfork (Track Review)

PRESS FOR OLA PODRIDA

“Ola Podrida is a cohesive, confident album full of folky, quiet guitars and thoughtful lyrics that coalesce into complete songs. But what sets the group apart from similar acts like Iron & Wine and Paul Duncan is its cinematic flair: Wingo treats his words like images, so that the music acts like a soundtrack that gently reinforces their meaning and impact.”
– Pitchfork (8.0)

“very good album…fantastic live show. Definitely worth checking out”
– BrooklynVegan

"Ola Podrida isn't just a strikingly accomplished debut—it's near–essential listening for anyone who's been taken with the recent turn in some parts of the indie cosmology towards folkier and more countrified sounds.”
– Stylus Magazine

"Instruments layer together subtly and deftly, creating an atmohere that brings to mind the wide Western plains or old, not–quite–forgotten lovers."
– Spin

“..a pretty, Southern–inflected indie rock album, soft acoustic guitar arpeggios, various keyboard instruments, and brushed drums leading the way”
– All Music Guide

“Ola Podrida have beaten Sufjan Stevens to the punch and recorded an aural–love letter to singer David Wingo’s Lone Star state.”
– Pop Matters

“chock full of beautiful songs” – My Old Kentucky Blog “This is "Texas Music", in the best sense of the phrase.”
– Gorilla vs. Bear

“If this were a 2006 album, it would be one of my albums of the year.”
– Said the Gramophone

“Wingo's mastery of the sound is hard to deny"
– Coke Machine Glow

“Ola Podrida excels at creating a beautifully atmoheric mood, as well as gentle beauty that's both acious and deceptively complex...”
– NPR

“it's easy to fall prey to Ola Podrida's rustic charms” – Textura

“…the upcoming album is a thing of quiet beauty reminiscent of the very best under–the–radar homegrown ’70s folk experiments…I have a feeling this is only the beginning.”
– Aquarium Drunkard

David Wingo has been making the soundtrack to Southern lives for years…literally. As one half of the composing team behind the films for director David Gordon Green (ALL THE REAL GIRLS, GEORGE WASHINGTON), Wingo framed the onscreen images with lush, complimentary arrangements. This background in scoring shines through in OLA PODRIDA, which began as a solo home-recording project but soon blossomed into a five-piece band.

The self-titled debut album was released by Plug Research in April of 2007 to wide praise, and in the next year the band (who was at that time based in Brooklyn) quickly went from playing smaller venues around the city to playing bigger clubs such as Maxwell's and the Mercury Lounge playing with the likes of Rogue Wave, Beach House, David Bazan, and Mark Eitzel, to finally performing at some of the larger venues in the city in 2008, playing with some of the most popular indie bands in the country including Fleet Foxes, She & Him, and Explosions In the Sky at venues such as Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Terminal 5. They also played several well-received sets a

Discography

LP's : Ola Podrida (2007)
Belly Of The Lion (2009)

Set List

A typical set would include 8-10 of these songs:

Closest We Will Ever Be
Cindy
Roomful of Sparrows
Your Father's Basement
This Old World
Lost and Found
Lakes of Wine
Sink or Swim
Jordanna
We All Radiant
Donkey
Monday Morning

The set generally runs at 5 minutes per song.