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Jorge Drexler

Recently I've been reading a biography of Pablo Neruda, and somehow got into the train of thought about who his musical equivalent would be. The closest I've come so far is: Jorge Drexler. (his website)
In 2004 he won the Academy Award for Best Song for "Al Otro Lado Del Rio," and, thank goodness, he has a new album coming out in September. His music is disarming in its simplicity - all of his music is, like his song, only Guitar y vos. It's intelligence is stunning - Todo se transforma, for example, deals with scientific processes, while remaining essentially sensual. The chorus, translated into English, reads: "Each thing gives what it receives / and then receives what it gave / Nothing is simpler / There's no other norm / Nothing is lost / Everything transforms."
Seriously, check this guy out.

From Eco (buy)
Jorge Drexler - Al Otro Lado Del Rio
Jorge Drexler - La Edad Del Cielo
From Frontera (buy)
Jorge Drexler - Todo se transforma


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