After releasing several well received singles over the past few years and being signed to Universal Music Mexico, 20-year-old Mexican artist Ed Maverick shares his debut album, ‘eduardo,’ an emotional and deep collection of songs that reach beyond the years of its creator. Born in Delicias, in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, Maverick has, at a tender age, seemed to master the sentimental sadness found in the heritage of great singer/songwriter and folk music all while tinging it with an earthly norteño inflection and indie-rock production sound.
With lulling guitars, rich vocals and atmospheric interludes, ‘eduardo’ is an album suspended in time and dipped in an effervescent bioluminescence. It rolls over you like a cosmic sound wave crashing upon an endless shore, and it’s cerebral, quiet and never too demanding. Yet, it sparkles in the corner as an object of desire you can’t help but notice, and eventually you follow it down a sepia toned tunnel, chasing the familiarity of its echoes.
From beginning to end, songs flow into one another and pulsate in your brain like a distant memory. Starting with ”Hola ¿cómo estás?,“ Maverick opens up with a breath of lamentation, laying down a somber remembrance of a relationship he wished he would have given more to effort to.
He continues with reflections on loss and learning, matching his careful cadence with beautiful cascades of acoustic guitar strums as he denotes his mantras, questions and longings, again alluding to an unavoidable change despite repeating certain patterns. Shifting from past to present, Maverick finds himself stuck in between these two spaces, but his earnest vocals hint at an internal shifting toward accepting his life.
“In the first few songs, I talk about times that I could have been more responsible in certain relationships and how to learn from those experiences,” Maverick says. “Through music and this album, I was able to express and deal with those feelings and, by doing so, make progress in getting over them.”
Breaking away from a softer sound, Maverick quantifies on his raw emotions with the slightly grittier “niño” featuring Mexican rapper Muelas De Gallo. Here, he articulates a deep internal struggle with the darker themes in life, the mistakes he has made, and captures an angst at having to wrestle with his former self — a theme he capitalizes on both lyrically and in the song’s music video.
“I made this album during a phase when I felt like I was falling into the same problems, as if they were on loop,” Maverick says. “A lot of this album is about recognizing that there are loops that have to be broken, and that you can’t just stay where you are and expect them to change.”
Ending with “Nos Queda Mucho Dolor Por Recorrer,” Maverick sinks into the revelation that to keep on going means you will feel more pain. This is not an unbearable realization though, just a reminder that to be alive is to feel a multiplicity of emotions, and perhaps pain can be a catalyst for further self development.
Stretching across several genres and influences like light refracting through a prism, musical tones and influences swirl all throughout Maverick’s album where acoustic tenderness meets a staticky spaciness. While subtly reminding you of something else, ‘eduardo’ maintains a resolute ambiguity as Maverick defines himself with rich vocal tone and honest lyrics. He also collaborates with other Mexican artists on song lyrics and instrumentals — including Andrés Jaime and Daniel Quién — to produce a wider sound such as in the single “¿POR QUÉ LLORAS?”.
With this album, Maverick reaches out as an earnest, unwavering conscience demanding more of himself, of us and of the world, all the while understanding that life is tough, and we will all feel pain.
Words: Patti Sanchez