14 Songs, 1 Hour

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born in Tecate in Baja, Mexico, Carla Morrison has a magical voice. Morrison’s 2012 studio album is sung in Spanish and titled Dejenme Llorar, which translates as “let me cry”—a fair warning that she leans hard on her sadder musings here. “Apagué mi Mente” sets the tone, with spare bass lines slow-dancing with lilting piano notes before Morrison’s beautifully haunting voice comes in with cellos. She sings that turning off her mind and igniting her soul is the only thing she can do to make sense of this world. “Me Encanta” picks up the pace a little, with a semi-sleepy shuffle providing a scooting rhythm alongside organ drones and Morrison singing like a young Hope Sandoval. The percussion here and throughout Dejenme Llorar is a unique-sounding concoction of drums and other household materials, like jugs of water and trash cans. The album was recorded in Morrison’s apartment, with producers Andres Landon and Juan Manuel Torreblanca from the group Torreblanca. In the standout song “Hasta la Piel,” the deep resonance of a mariachi guittarón nicely contrasts her feathery vocals.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born in Tecate in Baja, Mexico, Carla Morrison has a magical voice. Morrison’s 2012 studio album is sung in Spanish and titled Dejenme Llorar, which translates as “let me cry”—a fair warning that she leans hard on her sadder musings here. “Apagué mi Mente” sets the tone, with spare bass lines slow-dancing with lilting piano notes before Morrison’s beautifully haunting voice comes in with cellos. She sings that turning off her mind and igniting her soul is the only thing she can do to make sense of this world. “Me Encanta” picks up the pace a little, with a semi-sleepy shuffle providing a scooting rhythm alongside organ drones and Morrison singing like a young Hope Sandoval. The percussion here and throughout Dejenme Llorar is a unique-sounding concoction of drums and other household materials, like jugs of water and trash cans. The album was recorded in Morrison’s apartment, with producers Andres Landon and Juan Manuel Torreblanca from the group Torreblanca. In the standout song “Hasta la Piel,” the deep resonance of a mariachi guittarón nicely contrasts her feathery vocals.

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