Dominican/Mexican-American artist Ambar Lucid has finally shared her debut album Garden of Lucid, an enchanted diary of personal triumph and strife that sees the singer/songwriter carving out her own niche. Mixing her Latin roots with an eclectic mix of genre-bending, Lucid has established herself as the burgeoning and unsilenced voice of a new generation of minority artists. But it’s her own voice – a powerful, elegant trill that envelops her debut in a variety of sentiments – that takes center-stage and imbues those raw, introspective ballads with such tenderness.
From deep within the well of lilting melodies and sharp sonics, Lucid emerges as a bilingual weaver of such lush textures – on “Cuando,” her elongated wails pierce deep, submerging themselves into the cresting waves light string melodies.
“Fantasmas” furthers her prowess as a vocalist, lifting her unbound cries into the stratosphere – while soothing, lucid alt-R&B piece “Questioning My Mind,” blooms as a confessional of complex romance.
Upbeat “Story To Tell” is an obvious favorite, an anthem that encompasses the album’s earnestness in telling one’s own story with their own voice – but the entirety of Garden of Lucid is compelling in its own right, a crystallization of what an artist can accomplish when so intimately and unabashedly committed to expressing themselves.