On The Record: Son de Rey, Paula Maya

Austin Music Source

CINCO DE MAYO

PaulaMayaAlbumCoverAmerican-Statesman/Austin360 writer Nancy Flores recently had the following observations about two new local releases timed around Cinco de Mayo:

Paula Maya, “Illuminar” (Yellow House). Among the musicians helping boost the visibility of Brazilian artists locally is singer-songwriter and keyboardist Paula Maya. In her sixth studio album, “Iluminar,” she takes a departure from previous pop, electronica and rock-influenced albums and digs deeper into her Brazilian roots. Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Maya features mostly Portuguese songs on her latest record, including everything from traditional bossa nova to a reggae-inspired pop tune. Release show May 7 at One-2-One Bar.

Son de Rey, “Ojos Azules.” Son de Rey’s upbeat electro-pop and Latin rhythm blends get the hips shaking and the pachanga started. Wanna hear a cumbia ­Spanglish version of Wham’s “Careless Whisper?” Who doesn’t? Son de Rey’s playful and masterfully executed version will put a smile on any ’80s music…

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