CD Laura [Diego Garcia] (CD 7022562),
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Laura [Diego Garcia]

  • 1. Inside My Heart
    2. You Were Never There
    3. Nothing To Hide
    4. Roses and Wine
    5. Separate Lives
    6. Laura
    7. Under This Spell
    8. Stay
    9. All Eyes On You
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20066

  • Credits
    ProducerJorge Elbrecht
    EngineerJorge Elbrecht

    Personnel: Daniel Bensi (cello).
    Audio Mixer: Jorge Elbrecht.
    Recording information: Static Recording, New York, NY.
    Singer/songwriter Diego Garcia's 2011 solo debut, Laura, is a gorgeously crafted and ceaselessly melodic mix of soft-focus '60s and '70s-influenced pop. Where his former band Elefant (who broke up in 2010) favored a kind of '80s-influenced post-punk revivalism, Garcia is clearly enamored with the symphonic echo-chamber sound of such artists as Harry Nilsson, Donovan, Nick Garrie, and others. These are largely acoustic guitar-driven songs, centered around Garcia's burnished, yearning baritone vocals and often layered simply with sweet cello lines, liberal vocal harmonies, hand percussion, and other organic instrumentation. Such tracks as the dreamy and insistent "You Were Never There" and the languidly funky "Roses and Wine" are addictive psychedelic nuggets of late-afternoon AM radio pop. Elsewhere, Garcia infuses his songs with a spaghetti Western/Spanish guitar vibe, as on such slow-burn earworms as "Separate Lives" and the yearning ballad "Stay." Ultimately, Garcia's Laura, much like the sensual, lightly flamenco-inflected ballad "All Eyes on You" that closes out the album, is a roiling fever-dream caravan that simmers in your head long after it's passed. ~ Matt Collar

  • Critic Reviews
    Billboard (p.32) - "Smooth harmonies and sweet Spanish guitars provide layers and a steady, cohesive pace that connect the nine tracks poetically."
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