Record Review: Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia
New York, NY

“The best love album of the year”

New York City’s Elefant made a name for itself with great pop songs and good-looking musicians in the early to mid-2000s. Now Argentinean-born lead singer Diego Garcia is a solo act, and has written and produced an album with Violens’ Jorge Elbrecht, composed primarily with vocals, classical guitar and cello. Garcia continues to sing love songs as he did with Elefant, but the only woman named in this album is Laura, the album title as well as a song contained within.

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Laura is possibly the best love album of the year. While the world is mired in misery over politics and economics, Garcia, who studied economics at Brown University, focuses on romantic relationships and the effects thereof. Laura’s musings on the happiness, longing and sadness that love creates, bring the human condition back into check, and exchanges external problems for internal thoughts, important feelings of love and loss that need to be felt. These are expressed through Garcia’s beautiful vocals, with its touch of Latin flair and his newfound interest in Spanish guitar. The delicate arrangements are so airy that they breathe. The resulting dreamy music is full of romance, introspection, pop sensibility and singable melodies.

Laura’s timeless feel and simplicity is evident in the first single, “You Were Never There,” a song co-written with Dhani Harrison (George’s son). All other songs were co-written with Elbrecht, with lovely cello performances provided by Danny Bensi. (Tarantula A.D., Priestbird)

Produced and mixed by Jorge Elbrecht // All instruments recorded by Jorge Elbrecht at Static Recording NYC // Mastered by Howie Weinberg at Masterdisk NYC // Art direction by Alejandro Cardenas

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