Partisan Records’ new signing Angélica Garcia is primed for a major 2024. Already the NYC-based pop auteur’s wrapped a string of tour dates with the legendary Blonde Redhead and made her two video / track debut for the label. Today, Angélica deepens her immersion in this slow-building hurricane of electronic pop with a delightfully menacing remix from TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.
“I loved meeting Dave, ” says Angélica of the two coming together. “It felt like meeting someone from the same planet. I think it’s pretty cool that he constructed this remix using only my lead vocal as a reference. My favorite thing about the remix is that he was able to tap into the mysticism of the song but through a swirly, glittering lens.”
The arrival of “El Que” also signaled the release of its neon-colored twin track “Y Grito” which together offer battle-hardened mirror images of the same difficult and at times terrifying work of healing. Here Angélica is summoning reinforcements from another realm with the intensity of an exorcism that led WNYC to compare the music to a “sci-fi magic ritual.” These themes are reflected in the visuals for the singles, too, wherein “Y Grito” represents a battle of the physical while “El Que” represents a battle of the mind. Both singles are connected in spirit.
Produced by Chicano Batman’s Carlos Arévalo, “Y Grito” and “El Que” mark Angélica’s first music sung entirely in Spanish, her native language, the one in which she learned to sing rancheras with her family as a child. It’s clear now Angélica has discovered and tapped into a fresh pop perspective, creating music that is searing and borderless, free of cultural confinement and challenging the notion that singing in English is a prerequisite for creating American music.
Originally released in late 2022, “Y Grito” is a gritty, defiant reintroduction that launches fuzzed-out Latin rhythms head-on into fluorescent-colored garage punk. Translating in English to “And I Scream,” Angélica describes the song as being “about the adrenaline of karmic pursuit. It’s about how decisions we make in the present moment can be a harsh reflection of who we are.” “Y Grito” was featured in Apple’s 2022 Keynote last year and in an Apple TV commercial. “El Que” on the other hand immerses its listener into a quaking rhythmic lurch of grief processing with visceral intensity, only furthered by Dave Sitek’s creeping, fresh interpretation.
Now living in New York, Angélica was raised by her Mexican and El Salvadoran family in El Monte, California; east of LA where she lived for most of her life.
ANGÉLICA GARCIA TOUR DATES
25 NOV / US / Chicago, IL / Thalia Hall +
08 DEC / US / New York, NY / Irving Plaza ^
09 DEC / US / Washington DC / Howard Theatre ^
^ supporting Aterciopelados
+ supporting Sen Morimoto