Marinero is the solo guise of Jess Sylvester, a San Francisco native. Drawing from life in Califas as well as time spent in Guadalajara, his songs inhabit several times and places at once, be it the esquinas of lowrider-era Mission Street, the sepia-toned Jalisco villas of his abuelas, or the eternal ever-reaching California coast. Rooted but always musing on what came before and what could have come to be, Marinero’s music floats between the familiar and the fantastic, like a half-remembered dream of Don Quijote.
Sylvester’s other current projects also lie in this threshold, from the Pan-American digital pop duo Francisco y Madero to the lost-in-time no-fi Nuggets punk of Violent Change. Marinero brings it all together -- sampled breaks, hectic live percussion, harmonized vocals, fuzz guitar, maracas, flutes, Omnichords and laptops can all be summoned to bring forth the vibe by any means necessary.
Marinero’s latest EP, CHICAN@, released on 4/20 2016 backed by a West Coast tour in July, with new work from FyM and Violent Change looming in the horizon.