REVIEW: “How A Stranger Is Made” by Luis Mojica

Luis Mojica is an artist who found his musical roots in New York City’s East Village. His first album, Wholesome, came in August 2016 following a tour with the avant-garde cello band Rasputina. That album featured beat boxing and vocals. A few years later on October 4th 2019, he released his second album “How a Stranger Is Made”. What did we think of it? Here goes!

This album is not for the faint hearted, the choices that Luis makes when it comes to what is on each track really proves interesting. Some of the compositions you’d expect to hear some roaring distorted guitar, yet this has been replaced with piano. This is not some album you can just skip through, no you’ve got to listen to it and focus.

There’s no doubt that Luis’ vocals are shining throughout this release, especially with the various layers present in “Shaman Food”. However at times it does feel like more could be added, but that’s just us. You’d almost expect a bigger wall of sound for some of these epic compositions.

The production of this album is excellent, the mix and master of each track very carefully done and it really pays off. Which can only be expected given it was done so by Grammy Award winner Justin Guip and Fredo Viola.

For musos, this album is something to listen to with deep concentration to really appreciate what journey each track takes you on. However for casual listeners and those with very specific palettes, it may be tricky to get into.

You can listen to “How A Stranger Is Made” by Luis Mojica on SoundCloud and Spotify. You can also follow Luis on Instagram and be sure to visit his official website!

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