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     Spices Peculiar is an improvisational looping project lead by Dante Villagomez out of Pittsburgh, PA. Since 2015, he has crafted and controlled his unique mix of guitar, synths, and percussion to flow through a blend of Ambient Electronica and Worldbeat.

     Using a live looping oriented pedal board, unique journeys are shaped with an improvisational interplay between guitar and the "green box" synth. Dante's live performances ultimate focus is humbling the mind and exploring new musical space. Spices Peculiar's live performances vary from solo ambient sets, to dynamic improv duo and trio sets featuring talented percussionists in the local Pittsburgh scene.

Photo by Pat Bruener

Photo by Pat Bruener

     Dante has concentrated on releasing independently produced albums from his small home studio in Pittsburgh, PA. Debuting three live improv albums in 2015 with Steve Ippolito, the drummer for The Clock Reads, his focus has since shifted towards producing more thematic albums. Quest to the Ocean Floor and Side Cush City, produced in 2016 and 2017 respectively, both reflect that thematic approach.

Dante’s recent electronica quests, Regañado in October 2018 and Coastline in January 2019, have continued to blend his unique live looping electronica improv, varying world percussion instruments and his homegrown production style.

Photo by Pat Bruener

Photo by Pat Bruener

Photo by Pat Bruener

Photo by Pat Bruener

    Debuting a podcast in 2018, Spices Peculiar's Night at Sea Podcast aims to shift the mind towards the land of Nod. Peaceful meditation through ambient improvisational looping with local musicians. Each episode is recorded live and features Pittsburgh musicians and visual artists. Often performing together for the first time, each guest brings their unique musical approach to light through improvising together.

New episodes released every Tuesday 10:30 P.M.

Subscribe via SoundCloud, iTunes Podcasts or Spotify Podcasts.

Dante always tries to push Spices Peculiar in a new direction with each release and his latest release is another push forward. “Slow Chance” was recorded and produced here in Pittsburgh and Guadalajara from January through April. The steady rhythmic churning with percussive and synth layers above makes for a tense yet comforting vibe.


Slow Chance

A slow rhythmic journey of the PO-12 and Pocket Piano, 'Slow Chance' is fueled by the change of pace from Pittsburgh's winter to a Guadalajara spring

Recorded, Mixed and Produced by Dante Villagomez
Mastered by John O'Hallaron

Released 7/9/19


Coastline

With this meditation-oriented EP, Spices Peculiar presents a floating experience with the help of Singing Bowls, Bells, and the Pocket Piano Synth

Released 1/15/19


Regañado

A Journey of Cyclic Tension and Release, Regañado pushes the boundaries for Spices Peculiar’s unique ambience.

Dante produced the majority of this eleven track album with a variety of world percussion instruments, and the Critter and Guitari Pocket Piano Synth. The few remaining tracks are cut from a live recording session with Pittsburgh drummer, Zack Mester.

Released 10/09/18

Regañado Album Art 10/9/18

Regañado Album Art 10/9/18


Night at Sea Podcast

Night at Sea is a weekly late-night podcast aiming to shift the mind towards the land of Nod. Peaceful meditation through ambient improvisational looping.

Each episode is recorded live and mixed the night of release by Dante Villagomez

New episode uploaded every Tuesday @ 10:30 P.M.

Subscribe via SoundCloud, iTunes Podcasts or Spotify Podcasts

 

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Night at Sea Podcast logo


Aidan Epstein (Left), Zack Mester (Center), Dante Villagomez (Right)  Howlers, Pittsburgh 2/15/2018

Aidan Epstein (Left), Zack Mester (Center), Dante Villagomez (Right)

Howlers, Pittsburgh 2/15/2018

Spices Peculiar Live

Using a looping oriented pedal board, unique journeys are shaped with improvisational interplay between guitar and the "green box" synth. The live performances ultimate focus is humbling the mind and exploring new musical space.

Spices Peculiar's live performances vary from solo ambient sets, to dynamic improv trio sets featuring talented friends in the local Pittsburgh scene. 

Dante has also worked with several yoga instructors throughout Pittsburgh to create a dynamic flow for the class.


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