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Gizmo Varillas Return Out Of The Darkness

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With the summer of 2019 finally shining its way through the windows, the time is perfect for Gizmo Varillas to announce his return with the release of his new single 'Out Of The Darkness'.  A Peter Gabriel-esque meeting of addictive rhythms and sun-kissed harmonies, 'Out Of The Darkness' is the first track to be taken from his forthcoming third album.

Having swapped his home studio (where his first two albums were created) for the legendary RAK Studios in London, Gizmo explains that “'Out Of The Darkness' was one of the first songs I wrote for the album which set the tone and theme for the rest of songs that followed.  The writing process was cathartic to me, as this was a difficult year in many ways. The title track and album subtly deals with issues like depression, anxiety, stress and mental health. Each song on the album depicts different shades of darkness and finds light therein. Ultimately it’s an album of hope and making it to the other side. It’s about transformation, from dark into light.”

Having tested new material during recent appearances at Zermatt Unplugged in Switzerland, and with Seu Jorge at the Eventim Apollo and Zaz at Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Gizmo Vanillas will play the Camden Assembly on November 26. 

 

 

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HeartSongs - 20180625

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Welcome to HeartSongs, our regularly scheduled (probably) look at songs and the people who write them. We spoke to Gizmo Varillas about his new song ‘One People’.

“I wrote this song on a Spanish nylon guitar, which I then replaced with an organ Latin rhythm in the recording process. I also used a Brazilian Cuica to give it a pulsating groove throughout the track and the bass is what gives the song a really punch of energy. The verse melodies have a certain African element in them - a communal call and response. There are inherent Cuban influences and rhythms imbedded in these native African grooves as well. It's an example of how two cultures are not so far apart from one another.

History shows us that, as we migrated around the world, we also took the music with us and thus culture and people's expression of it became a shared experience. It still is today, as we continue to evolve our heritage and blend our influences together to create something new. That's what, in my opinion, really connects us. And I think we should celebrate that.

The lyrics of this song are about bringing people closer together. It saddens me to see how both far left and far right groups around the world are becoming popular and how they incite violence to no avail. The way I see it is that hate can only fuel more hate and there is no solution in violence. It's a never ending cycle. It is the innocent people and families stuck in the middle - who get hurt the most. I think it's important to acknowledge the past so we can learn from our mistakes and not let them happen again. This song is a plea to get together.”

Lyrics:

We go on and on

Get together

If not us who will

Who?

 

We're one people

One people

Get together now

 

We're moving on

Now or never

If not us who will

Who?

 

Who?

We're one people

One people

Get together now

 

Gotta give it

Give it a chance

 

Who?

We're one people

One people

Get together now

 

 

 

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