New Artist Music Night :: Arellano
Tuesday, February 19th
7pm to 9pm
Arellano is an original singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. His new album 'On Time' (dropping in April), represents the next stage of his musical evolution and his public re-launch after a hard reckoning of spiritual transformation brought him to ground zero.
After having withdrawn from public performance, and many years quietly spent honing vocals, writing, and arranging – while raising his daughter – the foundations began to crumble. Arellano’s “strange motivations” for music, which had been fed by the adulation heaped upon him as a young man, collapsed. Unable to even pick up his beloved acoustic six-string, Arellano experienced the desert of creative emptiness.
'On Time' is the first testimony to Arellano’s musical and spiritual renewal. Acclaimed guitarist and producer Cameron Greider (Rufus and Martha Wainwright, Sean Lennon, Natalie Merchant) was brought on board and recognized in Arellano the “same intensity and spiritual sincerity” as the late esoteric work of PM Dawn (which Cameron co-wrote and played on). With Matt Johnson (who played on Jeff Buckley’s “Grace”) on drums, they emerged from a studio session in Manhattan touched by serendipity and with a live three-piece recording on old-school two-inch tape. The result is the coalescing of magic, ceremony, and music.
Arellano's distinctive voice (Jane’s Addiction and Alice in Chains producer Dave Jerden called it “one in a million”), combined with his musical roots: Texas metal, acoustic rock, and the classical sensibility of a boy whose earliest memories are of lying beneath his mom’s grand piano listening to her play Brahms and Chopin, culminate in a style and sound reminiscent of lo-fi 60's and 70's folk tinged with elements of pop, soul, and acoustic rock that fans of Nick Drake, Led Zeppelin, Jane’s Addiction, Neil Young, and Jeff Buckley will surely love.