Alejandro Meola and Robinsones – ‘First Impressions’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The Argentina-raised musician explores blues, rock, and reggae on his first English-language release.

Born in Miami, raised in Buenos Aires, and now based in New York City, Alejandro Meola first made a name for himself with four Spanish-language releases. Now with a broader audience in his sights he’s just released First Impressions, his debut English-language release. Backed by his band Robinsones, Meola’s introspective character sketches are given a well-rounded sound that melds, blues, rock, and even reggae. Stream First Impressions in its entirety below.

First Impressions is essentially the musical expression of this inner revolution I’ve experienced in the past couple of years since I first moved to New York from Buenos Aires,” he tells PopMatters. “The people, the streets, the languages, the bars, the food, the fashion, they are all imprinted in this new songs. Not once mentioned literarily in the lyrics but in the sound. The sound is different. And by different I mean new. Aesthetically speaking, it’s a total departure from my previous work. I understand First Impressions as five episodes, each and every one very different from the other but still connected by an underlying string that gives the EP an overall oneness. It might have to do with my own style of writing or producing the songs or even with the way I sing them. But from the beginning to the end, at the very least, I think it proposes a little voyage. An eclectic 25 minute voyage.”

First Impressions is out now.