Ximena Sariñanaby Ximena Sariñana
Ximena Sariñana's new album is a collection of songs that showcase the 25-year-old's deep, striking voice, smart, thoughtful lyrics and offbeat personality. "I think of albums as Polaroid pictures of who I was at that given moment," says Sariñana. "All the songs are a bit dark. They capture a sort of general doom that I try to compensate with humor," she says.
The lead single, "Different," opens with a playful whistle but is really an apology to listeners "about maybe not expressing myself clearly because of my different nationality," while "Bringing Us Down" was inspired by the poem "Candles" by Greek poet Constantine P. Cavafy and deals with growing older and looking back at the fading past. The album not only reflects Sariñana's wise-beyond-her years demeanor, but also the kind of sonic growth and experimentation expected from a risk-taker.
"Everything was about forcing myself out of my comfort zone," says the singer, having leapt beyond her usual stripped down, mellow arrangements and into more daring musical territory. "I wanted quicker, bigger sounding songs and more bass and electronic instruments," says Sariñana, who plays the piano throughout. "I needed to be able to move to it on stage."
To help accomplish this, she enlisted producers Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Devo, The Bird and the Bee), Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and Natalia Lafourcade. Recorded in Los Angeles, the songs are indeed snapshots; vignettes of events and emotions ornamented by lush arrangements and lightened by occasional whimsy. "Common Ground" is exalted with bells and space drums and "Wrong Miracle" includes circuit-bent children's toys and footsteps on gravel. "Echo Park," one of the last songs recorded, was built around a Casio drum machine and the need for a little comic relief. "I wanted to write something that was going to make me laugh. I didn't want to go too deep or serious like I usually do," says Sariñana. "I decided to make fun of how girls, especially in my world, always fall for guys in a band."
"Tu Y Yo" (You and Me) is the only song on the album sung entirely in Spanish. "My mother language and the country where I live in is such an important part of who I am," says Sariñana, who was born in Guadalajara and raised partly in LA before moving to Mexico City.
Despite her successes, Sariñana has no expectations when it comes to her English-language debut. "It's my first record to a lot of people. I just hope listeners can hear the honesty in the album," she says. "I titled it after myself because my name keeps it close to me and who I am as an artist and a person." It's a name many will come to recognize soon enough. From the Label
- Release Date:
- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsXimena Sariñana Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Greg Kurstin Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Tim Pierce Guitar
David Ralicke Horn
Tim Young Guitar
Stuart Bogie Saxophone
Natalia Lafourcade Guitar,Percussion,Piano
David Andrew Sitek Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Saxophone
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Bass
Aaron Cruz Bass
Fin Greenall Acoustic Guitar
Hernan Hecht Drums
Todd Simon Trumpet
Technical CreditsTim Armstrong Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Sergio Toporek Artwork
Natalia Lafourcade Producer
David Andrew Sitek Composer,Producer,drum programming
Matt Hales Composer
Zeph Sowers Engineer
Ximena Sariñana Composer
Fin Greenall Composer
Baltazar Hinojosa Composer
Ernesto García Programming,Producer,Engineer
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