Singer-songwriter, guitarist and drummer Rene Lopez has simply launched his new single, “Flamingo”. A grasp of cross-genre work, Lopez’ single options Caribbean roots, rhythmic Jamaican ska drum loops, Cuban son montuno with cha-cha-chá affect. “Flamingo” stands as a direct reflection of Lopez’ multicultural upbringing in New York Metropolis, the place he resides as we speak.
Son of the famed Puerto Rican salsa musician and trumpet participant René López, Rene embraces the normal roots of his father whereas incorporating his personal distinctive musical influences, together with soul, jazz, funk, and rock.
An viewers can audibly hear this melding of genres- with the fusion of Latin rhythms and devices like timbales, congas, cowbell, flute, trumpet, Cuban tres and melodies just like the pop musical soundscape as we speak.
It simply feels so proper to include my roots into my songs.
Dubbed “a one-man tune manufacturing unit” by Félix Contreras of NPR’s Alt.Latino, Lopez takes a private strategy to songwriting.
There’s additionally a narrative that I inform in every tune that’s mainly my very own means of coping with stuff happening in my life [and it] helps me face myself once I sing it out loud.
Lopez’ potential to put in writing a autobiographical discography that melds Latin music, funk, rock, doo-wop, and soul is what retains him hitting the mark with these catchy songs. All through the course of his work, Lopez’ music has solely continued to turn into extra Latinized, invoking a thematic otherness as an immigrant or being from a sure city ethnic neighborhood. Protecting his songs near dwelling has mirrored an genuine, nostalgic sound that exhibits listeners Lopez is “being utterly sincere with who I’m, and a giant a part of that’s my Latin roots,” in addition to telling tales of private relationships and experiences in an unflinching means.
Written as an ode to a “particular lady” Lopez fell in love with after he acquired divorced, “Flamingo” bears Lopez’ vulnerability. He efficiently remodeled a state of affairs he dubbed “extraordinarily tough and heartbreaking” into a good looking tribute to the expertise. Concurrently sleek and outlandish, the flamingo serves as the right metaphor to quantify his unattainable love.
The title of the one then alludes to the doomed romance because of the lovers’ star-crossed circumstances. Stunning and tragic, the tune is a Latin lullaby of affection and therapeutic. The poetic lyrics function the right gateway into Lopez’ self and matched with the private roots of his previous, “Flamingo” serves as a testomony to Lopez’ previous. And evidently, the tune is one more unbelievable hit so as to add to his assortment of singles, preserving his rising viewers ready for the longer term.
The one is streaming on Soundcloud and doesn’t disappoint!