Flamingo Cantina (515 E 6th St)
Artists: Carla Morrison
About: Carla Morrison hails from Tecate, Baja California Mexico. She creates music with pedals, sequences, and loops, keyboards and guitar. Simple? Morrison constructs all of this on the spot during her live shows. Layers of ethereal, beautiful sounds building along with second, third and fourth voices all of which are Carla’s. Much like Hope Sandoval or Feist- melancholy never sounded so beautiful and attractive. Carla’s newest EP Mientras Tú Dormías will be released on Oct 26th on Carla Morrison Musica/Cosmica Records. Back in 2006 Carla was residing in Phoenix, AZ attending school. She attracted the attention of some local acts on the scene- later becaming a member of the trio Babaluca. They were the indie bilingual band hailed as a fresh breath of air emanating from the scorched Sonoran desert. In a quick amount of time they were named “Best Indie Band from Arizona” by Stylo. Carla and company made a splash in Los Angeles when they performed at Mucho Wednesdays in downtown Los Angeles. This also led to performance at So Cal Latin Tastemakers AlBorde to spotlight them in their quarterly Acoustic Sessions. Emerging Latin- pop blog ClubFonograma.com jumped on board by singing some of the group’s highest praises. Soon thereafter the call of her native Mexico came calling. Carla moved back to her beloved Tecate, Baja California Mexico to immerse herself in the very life and culture she found herself longing for. As a result Carla launched herself as a solo act. The change of scenery also delivered the critically acclaimed 6- Song EP entitled Aprendiendo A Aprender (Learning To Learn) (Carla Morrison Musica/Cosmica Records) In a relatively short time Carla has garnered the attention of such heavyweights as Julieta Venegas and Natalia LaFourcade, the latter of which insisted on producing Morrison’s forthcoming EP Mientras Tú Dormías. Upon hearing her previous EP coupled with Carla performing live in Mexico City- tastemaker radio station Reactor added Carla to their playlist and invited her to be interviewed by popluar DJ/Programer RULO- truly punctuating the grassroots/organic vision Morrison has simply employed for her career trajectory. As previously mentioned- Carla constructs her sound live similar to a one man band. These shows that have garnered high praises from tastemakers in both Mexico and the U.S.- includes covers of the classic Ramon Ayala ranchera lament “Tragos Amargo Licor” and the tragic ballad “Paloma Negra”. Morrison surrounding herself with a keyboard, guitar, effects pedals and a microphone- manages to concoct an ethereal symphony of oohs, ahhs, and handclaps all sitting side by side with a voice that is as delicate as it is devastatingly beautiful. Carla Morrison’s music is poised to make you notice, but rather than hit you over the head with hype, she’s putting in the time and effort to create music that you won’t soon forget. Mientras Tú Dormías is out October 26th on Carla Morrison Musica/Cosmica Records.