15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The aptly titled Soloists is the debut solo album from León Larregui, former lead singer of the Cuernavaca, Mexico–based, Latin Grammy–winning psychedelic quintet Zoé. As the lysergic and kaleidoscopic album art suggests, Soloists is hardly a departure in style for Larregui. His songs are still quite influenced by late-'60s acid rock and trippy studio magic, recorded with attention to period-correct detail. “Aurora Boreal” opens like a Latin-flavored Dungen, with Larregui singing over a groovy rhythm section and vintage guitar tones, all slathered in antiquated reverb. “Brillas” follows on a breezier vibe; lilting acoustic guitar strums over a brushed snare drum as Larregui croons romantically, with subtle hints of tension and restraint in his inflections. The eerie “Carmin” moves on a smoldering waltz, with Mellotron woodwinds and smoking guitar leads accompanying some of the album’s most beautiful vocal harmonies. Some of the universally influential British Invasion seeps into the catchy standout “Como Tú (Magic Music Box).” The melody mirrors Badfinger’s “No Matter What” in the verses before a searing guitar lead turns the tune into a Mexican gem.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The aptly titled Soloists is the debut solo album from León Larregui, former lead singer of the Cuernavaca, Mexico–based, Latin Grammy–winning psychedelic quintet Zoé. As the lysergic and kaleidoscopic album art suggests, Soloists is hardly a departure in style for Larregui. His songs are still quite influenced by late-'60s acid rock and trippy studio magic, recorded with attention to period-correct detail. “Aurora Boreal” opens like a Latin-flavored Dungen, with Larregui singing over a groovy rhythm section and vintage guitar tones, all slathered in antiquated reverb. “Brillas” follows on a breezier vibe; lilting acoustic guitar strums over a brushed snare drum as Larregui croons romantically, with subtle hints of tension and restraint in his inflections. The eerie “Carmin” moves on a smoldering waltz, with Mellotron woodwinds and smoking guitar leads accompanying some of the album’s most beautiful vocal harmonies. Some of the universally influential British Invasion seeps into the catchy standout “Como Tú (Magic Music Box).” The melody mirrors Badfinger’s “No Matter What” in the verses before a searing guitar lead turns the tune into a Mexican gem.

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About León Larregui

León Larregui, best known as the lead singer and guitarist for Grammy Award-winning Mexican alternative rock veterans Zoé, took some time off from the group in 2012 to kickstart a solo career. The resulting Solstis was released in August through EMI Mexico. Continuing to record and tour with his band, his sophomore solo LP, Voluma, was issued via Universal in 2016. It landed in the Top 10 of Billboard's Latin pop chart, as well as becoming a top digital download in Mexico upon release. ~ James Christopher Monger & Marcy Donelson

HOMETOWN
Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
BORN
December 1, 1973

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