Diego Garcia

Diego Garcia

 New York City, New York, USA
BandAlternative

boy who sings about love

Biography

“I made the record to survive. I had to heal my heart. In other words, I had to get my girl back. It was time to write a record that only my story could tell.”

Diego Garcia was born in Detroit to Argentine parents and on his new solo album, ‘Laura,’ he traces his roots. Garcia was inspired by the loss of love and the classic troubadour movement.

“Artists like Sandro, Roberto Carlos and Julio Iglesias were early pioneers in what I like to refer to as a movement of romanticism in music. It only made sense for me to pick up where they left off,” he says.

It is the fusion of these Latin influences with the era’s “anglo” visionaries, artists like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Ferry, which makes this project truly special. With lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars, and distinctly Latin flavor, the new album is worlds apart from Garcia’s former band Elefant. What remains a constant is the romantic within.
“For the last four years, I’ve been following my instincts in search for a new sound,” Garcia continues. A sound that could properly deliver my message on love, or I should say, the ‘malady of love.’ Minor keys, cello, nylon classical guitars, light drums, and wooden tambourines helped create a vibe for me to whisper the words in her ear.”
“So with each new song came a little healing until I eventually started feeling ‘better.’ The irony is that as soon as I accepted closure, my heart opened up and the sound was born. I was ready to love again.”

Garcia’s first solo single, “You Were Never There,” paved a foundation for the new project to come. RCRD LBL pledged its support early on, saying, “With a flickering, old school touch, Diego Garcia’s croon is one for the bedroom. “You Were Never There” is today’s aural aphrodisiac— a gentle flush of guitars and strings, yelping hooks, and love-worn lyrics.” PAPER Magazine raved, “Diego Garcia has a new single, "You Were Never There," and I can't stop listening to it… The tune has lush string arrangements,
guitars and vocal intonation. It's romantic and blissful.”
Six months later, the release of Garcia’s new album, ‘Laura,’ approached and Los Angeles’ tastemaker radio station KCRW immediately jumped on board with heavy rotation. While key stations like KUT and WXPN would soon follow, KCRW’s highly-influential show “Morning Becomes Eclectic” quickly began spinning assorted tracks off the record on a daily basis.
A week before release, NPR and KCRW premiered the full album with dual glowing reviews. KCRW DJ Anne Litt, one of the first selectors to spin Garcia’s new songs, described the album as “A wonderful amalgamation of Diego’s Argentine heritage, 70’s AM pop radio, and the dusty sounds of dreams.”

As the lead single, “You Were Never There,” continued to catch ears across the country, both the iTunes “Single of the Week” and Starbucks “Pick of the Week” programs featured the track.

Billboard Magazine praised Garcia for his “melodic pop sensibility” and “stellar solo debut.” While NPR said, “García’s most brilliant songs are his most anguished ones... at once immense and completely intimate.” The new album shot up the charts, breaking into the iTunes Alternative Top 15 albums, alongside new releases from artists like The Strokes and Death Cab For Cutie.

Discography

Laura - LP