A collection of songs is a great way to tell a story. Songs From The Land, the latest release from Luis Mojica, could be seen as a collection of stories that can create a larger vision. From start to finish, each track on the album brings something new to the fold. It gives the album a robust and complete feel, starting from the first track.
Northbound begins with melodic plucks that have echo with grace against the subtle, clopping percussion. The vocals of Luis Mojica are soft, but carry a certain strength that makes it feel natural when the instrumentals open up to create a dreamy and comforting aesthetic. “Some say, that the mountain range is the spine of the back of the land” and other contemplative lyrics such as the follow-up “so we give praise to the ancient snakes, to keep the creature peacefully sleeping” give the song a relatable inspiration. By the time you hit the outro, the warm and cradling aesthetic is both solidified and shaken up as you’re courted out by an upbeat chorus of “we know, we know,” making the track go out with a high note.
Colonized follows Northbound. The rambling guitar has a quick pace that gets your head moving right from the start. It’s a fun and bouncy aesthetic, especially as more instruments reveal themselves as the track rolls on. Lines such as “breathe on me that sacred sound of ‘ohm’” and “I’ve once been colonized, but now I’m free to roam. I’m free to throw off my dirty clothes” hit hard and gives the lyrics some weight. It all comes together nicely under the cowboy-country aesthetic to create a stand-out track that proves to be a great twist on the genre.
Mountains is another stand-out track. The slow, contemplative guitar strums create a dreamy aesthetic when joined by the other instrumentals, with a slow maraca beat to guide you through. As the track goes on, the more the mysterious aesthetic is defined as you discover all the sounds that create the dreamy ambience. The vocal performance matches the rest of the track, with Mojica delivering a slow and hypnotic delivery with some killer back-up vocals that bring it all home. The delivery makes lines such as “”take me up to the long-gone mountains” feel oddly alluring when coupled with the increasing power of the instrumentals. It makes Mountains feel like an otherworldly listen with an aesthetic that’s easy to get lost in.
From start to finish, Songs From The Land is full of depth and pleasant surprises. While the cinematic focus of the tracks may not be for everyone, the album does a fantastic job of grabbing your attention and never letting you go. Those who find themselves gripped by Luis Mojica’s latest release from the top will likely stay to the end. Each track has its own personality and entices you into the next to experience the charm of each one. This makes Songs From The Land worth a listen to anyone who’s interested, with tracks that are fun, personal, and easy to get lost in.