Over the summer I was able to see Adan & Xavi y los Imanes, a project of Adan Jodorowsky, live at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles. Among the openers was Cesar Saez, an upcoming singer-songwriter in the Latino scene in LA. Although showing inexperience in live presentation, Cesar Saez and his Viajeros put on quite an impressive show that seemed to win over the crowd. Playing what he terms as indie bolero, I knew that this was an artist that warranted my attention as I later eagerly awaited the release of his debut EP, Perdido.
Perdido is seventeen minutes of joy, sadness, love, broken hearts, wit and humor. The simplicity of the songs on this EP show a degree of humility, while additional layers of violin, trumpets, accordion and heartfelt vocals add to their warmth. The title track is hopeful, while simultaneously pathetic. Casa en el Campo is unintentionally humorous in tone as Saez attempts to woo the ladies, while Mujeriego is an upbeat piece about trying to be a ladies man. The cover of Cien Años, a song made famous by Pedro Infante in the 1950s, written by Ruben Fuentes A. Cervanes, manages to do justice to the original. Even with its compact length, this EP shows a tremendous amount of charm and variety. Perdido is a promising beginning and one that points to a bright future for Cesar Saez.
Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Indie, Bolero
Release: November 4, 2016
2. Casa En El Campo
3. Cien Años
4. Amor Bonito