Gabriel San Roman
Natalia Lafourcade Has Found the Root of Her Musical Success
Mexican singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade is enjoying a profound moment of musical maturation. The spotlight she's commanding is somewhat familiar, with her 2003 eponymous debut garnering the then-teenager critical praise and Grammy nominations for songs like "En el 2000." Now a 32-year-old woman, Lafourcade is feeling out the apex of her creative talents following the release of Hasta la Raizlast year. The collection provides mostly light bossa nova musical moods that serve as a perfect backdrop for the warm timbre of her vocals.
A masterpiece of sentiment in song, Hasta la Raizaccentuates tales of heartbreak. It also marks a triumph for the singer who persevered over a period of artistic atrophy to deliver anthems deepened by excavations of her emotions. Lafourcade worried that her audience would have trouble connecting with the new and intensely intimate material, but their response to the artist they've been able to see grow as a musician and a person over the years has been immense. The effort also earned her five Latin Grammy awards and the Grammy award for Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album. Lafourcade is taking it all in while readying to tour the United States for the first time in years.
Read my interview with Lafourcade in my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Blog post: