Title - 'Te Quiero Mucho'
Artist - Camína
For those not in the know, for Camína, creating a musical universe filled with divine feminine emotion, cultural wisdom and insightful imagination while constantly playing with a relationship of identity and duality, is a reflection of who she is as an artist.
Mentored by Kevin Jonas Sr., father of the future Jonas Brothers, Camína grew up singing in the church choir, later trained as an opera singer and toured with Broken Social Scene and The Polyphonic Spree.
Although she draws on various genres including electronic music, trip-hop, lo-fi R&B, and avant-garde, CAMÍNA, whose real name is Ariel Saldivar, has always been inspired by her Hispanic heritage, her eclectic upbringing, and travels to the New Mexico mountains.
Camína, which means “walk,” and her debut album, Te Quiero Mucho (released October 2nd, 2020), represents her name and how she dreamily wanders through personal narratives about love and loss, ruminations on current events, and finding strength in the face of adversity.
“This record is about resilience and honoring my heritage and those that have come before us,” says Saldivar.
2. 'Fly Away'
3. 'Forever and Always'
4. 'Burn for Eternity'
6. 'Se Puede'
The 6-track album opens with the Latin Trip-Hop lead single, 'Cinnamon,' a track that if you listen closely enough to the lyrics sung through a slightly distorted megaphone, are inspired by the ongoing treatment of asylum seekers at the US-Mexico border, and are therefore particularly prescient for the world we live in.
Next up is the low-sung beauty of 'Fly Away,' which is as haunting as it is ethereal, and that's backed by the methodically paced, almost cunningly Motown-esque, breathy ballad 'Forever and Always.'
Up next is one of my own personal favorites, the deep bass-infused, slow dance alone on an empty dancefloor after midnight mood of 'Burn for Eternity,' which is backed by the hazy, crackling instrumentals and soulful, yearning vocal layers from Saldivar on 'Maleguena,' with the release coming to a close on some fragmented, yet ambient indigenous sounds from South America and Mexico on 'Se Puede.'
Produced by Dallas-based Black Taffy, Te Quiero Mucho shows a chameleonic artist with a sharp tongue and a soft heart. “Our goal was to make a dramatic record in English and Spanish by combining hip hop, trap, [and more]," Taffy explains. “Every song started out being sampled from a dusty record or forgotten cassette tape.”
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