“When I started making music it was more about expressing my emotions, and learning to write and produce music myself. With my first album Aliso, I had to get something off my chest. But now with this second album, it was about exploring and overcoming my identity issues – about not knowing where I belong. That’s something I’ve felt my whole life.”
Now, with the gloriously rich and transporting La Yarará – to be released April 17 on Yucatan Records - Malena Zavala has come home.
The singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist’s second album is a beautifully-wrought love letter to the culture in her DNA, the sounds in her soul, the rhythms in her bones and the groove that’s in her heart. Its ten songs are vivid, vital hymns to the various aspects, colours and shades of Latin music and culture: cumbia, reggaeton, Afro-Cuban, Afro-funk, Andean folk, Argentine folk, bolero-son. And all sung, in a mixture of Spanish and English, in Zavala’s passport-to-paradise voice.
“Gently warped and beguilingly melancholy guitar pop” - **** The Guardian
“Ideal for lazy summer days…her dreamy vocals cast a Sade-style spell. Bewitching” - Sunday Times Culture Magazine
“...soars over a dreamlike soundscape, each syllable lingering, seemingly suspended in time” - NPR
“Addictive yet delicate melodies” - Crack in the Road
“Nostalgic and beautifully crafted” - EARMILK
“We dare you not to fall in love with Malena Zavala’s honeyed voice” - NYLON
“An absolute joy to hear” - Indie Shuffle
“perfect for chilled out late summer days” - Mahogany