– THE QUIET RIOT –
Truth is, I quite like this relatively modern renaissance – especially in the US – for pop music with a Latino twist (as long as it’s not done in a bit of a crap, Daddy Yankee kind of way).
Truth is, I miss when Banks made super cold, fragile, moody PBRnB.
Truth is, I find that a Spanish accent on a pleasant-looking sinõrita gives me a little bit of a funny feeling in my belly.
And the truth is that, on this track, Florida songstress Sabrina Claudio combines all of the above and then some.
The half-Cuban / half-Puerto Rican YouTube and Soundcloud phenomenon has already released a mixtape, an EP and a debut album in little over two-and-a-half years (I suppose a prodigious output is aided by being able to record your music videos in three and a half minutes from the comfort of your bed.)
And now she releases the album Truth Is, the title track from which is a cool, confident call-to-arms (read: a massive “fuck you” to some poor ex-squeeze).
“I don’t feel you / I ripped the last page out / I don’t even get jealous when you mention other women… / And I don’t miss you / I’m doing better now / I don’t even think of calling / Cause I never feel like talking… I don’t need you” she says (for those of you who don’t speak Spanish and can’t be arsed to watch the English language version I’ve included as a video above).
Of course, it wouldn’t be a good pop song if she didn’t open up a little chink of vulnerability in the chorus but by that point, I’m already lost in the beautiful harmonies and barely-there synthesisers (which are far better in the stripped-down Spanish language version I’ve included on the playlist below than on the pop-polished English version of the video).
Truth is, I’m not really arsed about what she’s singing about; this is moody Latino music at its very, very best.
Truth Is is out now through SC Entertainment.
MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX
PROJECT HILTS: LONELY DAYS
MOSES BOYD: STRANGER THAN FICTION
REYKJAVIK606: ENDLESS SUMMER IN PECKHAM
J RICK: SHORT
P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.
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– SV –