Born in Detroit to Argentine parents, Diego Garcia traces his diverse roots on his debut solo album, Laura. Garcia was inspired by the loss of love and the classic troubadour movement. "Artists like Sandro, Roberto Carlos and Julio Iglesias were early pioneers in a movement of romanticism in music. It only made sense for me to pick up where they left off," he says.
It is the fusion of these Latin influences with the era's "Anglo" visionaries, artists like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Ferry that makes this project truly special. With lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars, and distinctly Latin flavor, the new album is worlds apart from Mr. Garcia's former band Elefant, a post-punk rock band that entered the music scene alongside The Strokes and Interpol. What remains a constant in Mr. Garcia's new work is the romantic within and the distinctly modern sound.
"For the last four years, I've been following my instincts in search for a new sound. A sound that could properly deliver my message on love, or I should say, the 'malady of love.' Minor keys, cello, nylon classical guitars, light drums, and wooden tambourines helped create a vibe for me to whisper the words in her ear," Mr. Garcia explains. "So with each new song came a little healing until I eventually started feeling 'better.' The irony is that as soon as I accepted closure, my heart opened up and the sound was born. I was ready to love again."
Six months later, the release of Mr. Garcia's new album, Laura, neared and Los Angeles' tastemaker radio show KCRW "Morning Becomes Eclectic" immediately jumped on board with heavy rotation. A week before release, NPR and KCRW premiered the full album with dual glowing reviews. Starbucks spotlighted "You Were Never There" with a "Pick Of The Week" download card spread throughout its stores in the first month of release. Billboard Magazine praised Mr. Garcia.