Exploring bruises and redemption, the prolific songwriter draws the listener into his third album with contemporary and textural folk songs wrapped in tight grooves. The new 10-song collection speaks to Motta’s Puerto Rican roots and rural Maryland upbringing. Hurricane Maria’s lasting devastation and the challenges faced by his family n the island is present as the artist confronts a sense of helplessness and confusion experienced by man in the current cultural climate. The defragmented portrait seen on the album cover depicts a man still creating himself in a fractured country and world.
Right off the bat, the listener gets a feel for Mott’s unique style. “Without Me,” the first single off the album, is propelled forward by a dynamic string arrangement balanced by a warm organ, descending acoustic guitar line and locked-in rhythm section. The second single, “Gone,” is a folk-rock number, influenced by Motta’s coming of age in the ‘90s decade of alternative rock. Steve Wright (Wrightway Studios), known for his work with Mars Volta and Beach House, captured the spontaneous performances of Motta and his backing band on 2” tape in Baltimore. These recordings, simply put, contain a fresh voice, lyrically and sonically.
The album follows on the heels of 2017’s “Living A Lie,” the title track of which premiered on Netflix’s “Flaked” supervised by KCRW alum Chris Muckley (Sierius XM) and Chris Douridas (KCRW). His self-titled debut in 2015 introduced him to the national stage with the single “Up and Away” listed on NPR’s Public Radio’s #1 Songs of 2015 alongside Father John Misty, The Alabama Shakes and D’Angelo.
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