Eljuri: En Paz

I had not even heard of Eljuri until her CD En Paz – set for release May 20th – arrived unexpectedly in the mail last week. I’m guessing from the liner notes that the band was given my name by Johnette Napolitano‘s management. Johnette sings on one of the album’s songs and the entire album is very reflective of her affection for flamenco music. Eljuri is Ecuadorian singer-songwriter and guitarist Cecilia Villar Eljuri. The music on En Paz (Spanish for “In Peace”) blends Latin rhythms with rock riffs and light electronic beats.

The opener “El Aire” has a mellow Latin Reggae vibe. “En Un Sueño” is a cover of a song originally written and released by Eljuri’s mother, composer Olga Eljuri de Villar, in Ecuador during the 1960’s. The album also includes Olga’s original version as a bonus track.

Unfortunately, the strength and beauty of Cecilia’s voice is sometimes lost amidst the production of certain tracks – such as “En Paz”, which would be a much more poignant song if the vocals were given more of the spotlight. But overall, the album does well to modernize the rhythms of its Latin roots with electro-rock embellishments.

The stand out track is “Jaula”, a sensual flamenco tune featuring vocals by former Concrete Blonde frontwoman Johnette Napolitano.

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4 thoughts on “Eljuri: En Paz

  1. Spanish lyrics for “Jaula” (from Eljuri’s site):

    Lejos del cielo, equivocado, se oye el silencio
    Lejos del cielo, desengañado, se oye el silencio

    En un Jaula, encerrada
    Entra el frio
    Luz apagada, apagada
    Aislada

    Lejos del centro se mira para dentro lamentable
    Lejos del centro se mira para fuero deplorable

    En un Jaula, encerrada
    Entra el frio
    Luz apagada, apagada
    Aislada
    En un Jaula, encerrada
    Entra el frio
    Luz apagada, apagada
    Aislada

    En una Jaula encerrada
    En una Jaula encerrada
    En una Jaula encerrada
    En una Jaula encerrada

    Lejos de la vida regular no me importa esperar
    Lejos de la vida regular no me importa escapar

    En un Jaula, encerrada
    Entra el frio
    Luz apagada, apagada
    Aislada

  2. “Jaula” English Translation (per Google Translate):

    Far from heaven wrong, you hear the silence
    Far from heaven, disappointments, you hear the silence

    In a cage, locked up
    Enter the cold
    Light off, off
    Isolated

    Far from downtown looking for within regrettable
    Far from downtown looking for jurisdiction deplorable

    In a cage, locked up
    Enter the cold
    Light off, off
    Isolated
    In a cage, locked up
    Enter the cold
    Light off, off
    Isolated

    In a cage locked up
    In a cage locked up
    In a cage locked up
    In a cage locked up

    Far from regular life I do not mind waiting
    Far from regular life I do not mind escape

    In a cage, locked up
    Enter the cold
    Light off, off
    Isolated

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