11 Songs, 36 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Diego Garcia made a name for himself as leader of Elefant, a new-millennium postpunk band that took its cues from The Smiths and other '80s-era British bands. Garcia the solo artist still has an interest in Anglo rock (Aztec Camera and early Bowie come to mind), but his second album also finds him embracing his Argentine-American roots more strongly. This comes out most overtly on the Spanish-language shout-along chorus of “Donde Estas,” but there are also dramatic acoustic guitar leads and driving rhythms—as well as melodic elements that reference various traditional Latin folk styles. Garcia’s soft baritone is as seductive as ever here, playing the sexy crooner on “Truth Will Ring” and “My Heart Is an Island.” He sounds more contemporary on the catchy “Start with the End,” the dreamy “Tell Me,” and the flamenco-driven “My Everything.” Finding a way to reconcile his roots with his modern-day interests, Diego Garcia has successfully created an inspired middle ground on Paradise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer/songwriter Diego Garcia made a name for himself as leader of Elefant, a new-millennium postpunk band that took its cues from The Smiths and other '80s-era British bands. Garcia the solo artist still has an interest in Anglo rock (Aztec Camera and early Bowie come to mind), but his second album also finds him embracing his Argentine-American roots more strongly. This comes out most overtly on the Spanish-language shout-along chorus of “Donde Estas,” but there are also dramatic acoustic guitar leads and driving rhythms—as well as melodic elements that reference various traditional Latin folk styles. Garcia’s soft baritone is as seductive as ever here, playing the sexy crooner on “Truth Will Ring” and “My Heart Is an Island.” He sounds more contemporary on the catchy “Start with the End,” the dreamy “Tell Me,” and the flamenco-driven “My Everything.” Finding a way to reconcile his roots with his modern-day interests, Diego Garcia has successfully created an inspired middle ground on Paradise.

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About Diego Garcia

Although raised in an Argentinian family, Diego Garcia launched his songwriting career by reinterpreting the sounds of 1980s Brit-pop artists -- namely the Cure and the Smiths -- for an audience of 21st century New Yorkers. As the frontman of Elefant, he played a small role in the indie rock scene that swept through New York City during the new millennium, sharing the spotlight with similar groups like Longwave and stellastar*. After releasing their sophomore album in 2006, Elefant took a break while the bandmembers dedicated themselves to other projects. Although the group reconvened in 2009 to record a third album, the reunion proved to be extremely brief, with Elefant announcing their decision to permanently split up in 2010. Garcia moved ahead with his solo career, exploring his Latin roots with a new sound modeled after artists like Julio Iglesias and Roberto Carlos. He signed with Nacional Records toward the end of the year and released his solo debut, Laura, in 2011. In 2013, Garcia returned with his sophomore album, Paradise. ~ Andrew Leahey

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