This is one of those albums that you’ll listen to over and over again, and it’ll always put you in a good mood: Re-Foc by a Mexican guitar duo named Rodrigo y Gabriela.
The music is instrumental acoustic guitar, but it’s suffused with energy and drive — it will definitely wake you up. It’s heavy on rhythm and percussion — sometimes it sounds like an army of guitarists coming at you through the speakers. Blending Latin harmonies and rhythms, rock and metal, flamenco, and world influences, you’ve never heard anything quite like it but you’ll want more of it once you do.
Once you listen to Re-Foc, get their two other albums: Rodrigo y Gabriela, their self-titled and most recent release, and Live: Manchester and Dublin, which isn’t easy to get in the US but is also great.
Here’s the duo shredding on Letterman from last year:
As you watch that, bear in mind that these two were Dublin street musicians (!) from 1999 to 2003.