Back with a brand new release and after much await; today, New York-born Mexican-American artist Alma Grace delivers her highly-anticipated debut EP FRIDA; a vibrant 4 track record that features her two pre-released singles Girl Fight and Aventura as well as two exciting new tracks. The latest new release and exciting next step for Alma Grace, she continues to dazzle us with her artistic skill and talent and showcase why she is a rising artist to watch this year. As the title suggests, the record was inspired by the iconic Frida Kahlo and her life and work, with this being a central theme and inspiration throughout the record and an influence of Alma’s from a very early age. Drawing inspiration from the renown feminist icon, FRIDA also takes us along on a journey of self discovery as Alma explores the ways in which Kahlo’s legacy has helped shape and mould her into the woman and artist she is today.
Weaving a perfect fusion of both Spanish and English lyricism and sonic influences throughout the EP, FRIDA delivers an eclectic and vibrant mass of immersive soundscapes that blend together in a melting-pot of traditional Latin, modern pop and dark alt-pop sounds and genres to create something truly special and unique; simultaneously giving nod and homage to her bicultural roots. Highlighting her skill for songwriting and lyricism, that sees her infuses her poignant and enchanting storytelling within the addictive melodies, with each track she envelopes us in a vibrant narrative that weaves an intricate web that intersects the lives of both Alma and Kahlo.
Kicking off the EP is the bold and vibrant dark-pop anthem Girl Fight, the first of the pre-released singles. An immersive, queer, feminist anthem; the song was inspired by Alma’s favourite story about Frida Kahlo, that: after her husband Diego Rivera cheated on her, she had an affair with the same woman. Up next is the up-tempo, sultry pop track Aventura; another incredible release and an ode to adventure and affairs, something that Alma has always admired in Kahlo’s rich history. On the second half of the record, we get the two new tracks Aztland and Relámpago. Continuing the captivating vibe of the album, both are Powerful and melodic pop-led tracks that further emphasise Alma’s vocal prowess. Delving into the meaning behind the songs, Aztlan is about the mythical homeland of the Aztec people and pays homage to both Alma and Kahlo’s ancestral roots, while the final track Relámpago is all about coping with pain — for Kahlo, the physical pain she suffered due to her near fatal bus accident and For Alma, the emotional trauma she has dealt with after being sexually assaulted.
Talking about the record Alma explains:
“When I listen to these songs, I hear my transformation from an angsty teen to a semi-independent young adult. It’s such a special project to me, and I knew that it had to be my artist introduction to the world.”
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