By way of Uruguay and Brooklyn-based, up and coming artist Guarco sets a new tone for Afro-Uruguayan candombe and dub rock. Amalgamating sounds from each corner of the map, Guarco’s lyricism inspires themes of indigenous histories, immigration politics, literature interpretations, and viewpoints on revolution. Reflecting on the dichotomy of North and South, this poet-singer states, “The North looks at the apocalypse as something that might happen. But for a lot of people in the South, the apocalypse is already here. They are starving to death. They are affected by natural disaster. And we’re still here in New York living this lush life. We’re a part of it, by what we consume. We add to other peoples’ apocalypse.”
Though many of his lyrics are also socially conscious, this one is about a certain and uncontrolled state of mind of which he calls “Monster.” Influences from Caetano Veloso are highly evident in this track by the usage of chord plucking in a bossa nova/ tropicalia type of rhythm. Tomorrow, August 9th, is the official date for the release of his debut album, Fiebre. This album his highly recommended! And a token of gratuity, here’s an EXCLUSIVE free download to own just before the album’s released. Happy listening!
Guarco – Monster