Dutra's self-titled EP Dutra is a Latino dream. It is beautiful, sweet, serene and simple. It reminds me of all of the best times when I used to live in South America. There is no watch to look at and no money to worry about. It is all about the moment and being in it. Seeing the people in front of you and connecting deeply. This EP really emulates that and brings to surface a lot of those emotions unlike any other Latino or Latina inspired music I have heard in a long time.
The first song is called “Solar.” It sheds its golden light down on me and all those that choose to listen to it. Simple one-man guitar and one-man lyricist. There seems to be a slight kazoo or child like instrument in the background and just a steady trusty heart beat drum. The lyrics are gorgeous and tender. I feel softened by the song entirely. It feels like something you would hear in a dream world. It is glittery, soft and magical.
The next song “Desamor” makes me have a crush on the EP. The recording, and how raw the sound is, is quite beautiful. There is a woman backup singer too. There is a circus accordion like sound to it. Dashes of drums and infusions of guitar feel sparse but perfect. The true soul can be felt through the chorus of people being built in the track, and the waltzy accordion music. My heart fills to the brim with a childlike wonder and imagination to this one.
“O Mundo” is an ode to the world. Mundo, meaning world in Spanish, would usually be depicted as El Mundo, but the O Mundo indicates that it is in fact an ode. It feels more playful and fun, less heartstring pulling. There are more playful guitar riffs luring in the listener by making the track more dense and full of life. It reminds me of a nice flowery afternoon in the summer running around the yard playing in fresh smelling bed sheets hanging off the line. This whole EP feels inspired by a childlike love and sense of adventure. It is truly depicted nicely in these tracks.
“Euforia,” which for the faint of Spanish you can already probably guess is euphoria, is a bit on the darker side. Perhaps euphoria is found on the other side of emotional turmoil. I feel the most trudging of emotion in this song. The heartbeat of the drum is tribal and deep. The guitar pinnings are extremely high and lifted toward the heavens. Between the emotional lyrics, the deep purging created by the bass drum and lifted into the heavens through the guitar high-pitched pinnings are glorious. I quite love the woman's voice that accompanies the song later in the track as a solo. It is nice to hear both the man and the woman in a song individually. It brings out the masculine and feminine completely independently, and together.
Dutra by Dutra is evolved in its emotional intelligence and ability to captivate its audience with a deep human connection. I enjoyed each song fully and I think it is a beautiful work of art.
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