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.
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.
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.
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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.