andrés (who also composes/produces under the name Unusuals) has always been one of the more ambitious creators around the central Texas area, in my eyes, and his creative range never ceases to amaze me. I shouldn’t be surprised, however, as he and I share a number of similar favorite artists and influences. For his recent four song collection, “cheers to us.”, andrés seemingly channeled the influences of lo-fi singer/songwriters in the vein of Elliot Smith or Daniel Johnston, the latter of whom he covered via you hurt me. I’ve definitely been a fan of his excursions into the acoustic realm, and this collection definitely represents some of his strongest work. Check out the songs, share them around for others to do the same, and donate a buck or two if you can, as that always helps creators out.
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andrés is a man of many diverse interests and styles. When I originally got to know him, it was via his Unusuals moniker and the unique production approach he took with his albums. Over time, I’ve gotten to know him deeper via his radio exploits with Cosmic Grooves on KZSM Radio San Marcos, his vintage clothing ventures with BORDER PALACE VINTAGE, and a recent transition into the middle ground of beatmaking and singer/songwriterdom with his work under the name andrés. Friendly Skies is a reflection on connection, a lament about what one feels when an opportunity for intimacy presents itself, and all you want to do is make things as easy and easy-going as possible. Bonus shoutout to me on the artwork assist, inspired by the recent admiration and respect andrés has for Missy Elliot. andrés is certainly carving out a niche for himself that the San Marcos scene hasn’t seen since the likes of Roger Sellers, but andrés (much like Roger) is a wholly unique individual, so it should be a journey worth watching for those lucky enough to witness the growth.
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Unusuals was already impressing me with the production vibes, but lately, there’s been a metamorphosis taking place that has me wholly interested. After some public deep diving into a range of deep influences, a handful of andrés tracks have manifested, all of which are deeply personal and introspective over deep production. ‘SEWELL.’ has been blessed with the video treatment, with the enclosed space of a car backseat serving as visual reference to the claustrophobic nature of dealing with deep feelings of longing, especially for someone you have yet to learn more about. The video definitely reminds me of being ready to move forward with no control of direction and nobody in the driver’s seat. Definitely a strong and evocative piece of minimalist art… and the wardrobe decision doesn’t hurt at all.
It seems that all of my Texas music making peers have been putting in major work in their respective labs this summer. Unusuals, for example, has been lacing folks with a steady stream of singles over the past couple of months, as well as livestreams of beatmaking sessions and his KZSM radio show. The latest single, Slip Into Darkness, is a breakbeat-based exploration of longing for a loving connection (somewhat inspired by the legendary words of Mary J. Blige). The track features a guest vocalist (Andres, and I have suspicions of whom that might be) rather than opting for the usual vocal sampling utilized by Unusuals. It’s good to know that the folks I dig are out there exploring their feelings via their creative sides and keeping momentum flowing in the right direction.
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