Maria de Juan, leader and vocalist of her own self-titled musical project debuted this year with “24/7” with the production of Manuel Cabezalí.
The self-proclaimed conceptual album is an expeditious 24-hour sonic journey full of drives marked by peaceful melancholy and monotonous prose. Although the style of the album is labeled R&B, with soulful touches perfectly dressed by its voice, to try to close a delimitable definition of all the musical current that emanates from “24/7” would be more complicated.
It should also be noted that most of the musicians who accompany it have a background of alternative rock or indie pop-rock. He proposes a clever recasting of enveloping postrock atmospheres that form the basis of many themes, with more chill-out ecosystems such as 00:00 Hedgehog or more bordering indie themes and more purist pop such as 12:30 De Azul.
We find a synesthetic relationship with rooms of colors whose gradation can become symbolic, which in turn become saturated and desaturated with the musical intensities that overlap it, such as that blue of its birth, the red of fire and the violet of temperance, all evoked in most of the themes that make the musical base be decorated prone to the surreal.
In the theme of the songs, there is a demarcation neutralized with conscience and a good artistic and cultural alibi since some themes are in turn inspired by other previous artistic products such as poems, books and even TV series as we have known through the artist.
Without too much narrative thickness, set in acronological and ageographic universes, the themes are like concepts launched to immerse themselves more sensorially than narratively within the solipsism of internal experiences that are difficult to visualize.
The lyrics are sometimes almost aphorisms that work as a means of representation based on the pop melody and the force of the clear word as in 03:20 I need to hear your voice.
17:00 Monterrey, a apoplexy of the confrontation and an attempt to sing of sorority, is perhaps one of the most catchy songs on the album; moreover 23:11 Gina and Norman renounces the claustrophobia and overwhelming feeling of loneliness that first-person narratives bring to the lyrics to build a romantic fiction with two voices.
In summary, 24/7 is an oscillating expedition, between moments of greater clamor and moments of greater serenity, such as 24 hours on any given day in which the sensual and elegant voice of Maria de Juan accompanies us.
Review by Rocio Alvarez from Red Crimson Shamrock