- Bryon Harris
Labán - Feel the Distance
Review by Sylvie Marie & Staff
Labán is a singer-songwriter and producer born in the border city of Tijuana, Baja California. He started playing the violin when he was 3 and since then, he has been captivated by music and the performing arts. The first studio album by Labán, Todos Somos Dueños de Aquí, includes a little bit of social and political protest, existentialism, and heartbreak stories.
"Feel the Distance" from Labán's EP, Todos Somos Dueños de Aqui, is out the gate with a funky flavor. Crisp rockin' drums, booming bass, syncopated and muted guitar, soulful keys, and jazzy horns complete the vibe of this meaningful social justice song about migrants and their journey. Many who are seeking a better life, particularly in Mexico and those coming from Central America, face harsh realities. In "Feel the Distance" Labán explores just how far one has to travel to make it, if making it is more than just an existence.
Labán enters on the first verse with his silky, smooth vocals. "I run from the deadly light before I end in the system. I don’t have another night. And don’t wanna play the victim." Labán treats the lyrics with a certain amount of intensity that is felt throughout the song. The funky music, in contrast to the lyrics and vocals, gives the song a vibrant groove while the lyrics portray a sense of urgency and motivation for a new life outside the systemic walls.
"The kids don’t want to play outside The air has gotten all electric We haven’t found a way to fight Shout it out, we’re eccentric." As the song moves forward, listeners are treated to trumpet solos by John Fumo (Los Angeles) and Dom Clark ( London). The trumpets, along with lead guitar played by Daniel Uribe (Columbia), form a trio where each player weaves in and out of the mix, playing impressive solos filled with tasteful artistry for an instrumental interlude that is on fire.
Labán's song "Feel the Distance" can be felt no matter where you live. You can feel the distance - the hardship, the long journey through systemic oppression, and the long road of needed change - in every note of this song.
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