Harley Cortez

Harley Cortez

Fri ยท June 15, 2018

7:30 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 18 and over

Harley Cortez
Harley Cortez
Harley Cortez' first solo LP "Tangier" is something one might expect from a poet of another era. After high accolades in his previous bands: Just an Animal, Red Cortez, The Weather Underground, and Halfbluud, Cortez went wandering. Having put music on hold to focus on painting, it wasn't long before he was drawn to make a conceptual album after the passing of his aunt. Growing up in Inglewood,CA with a single mom, his aunt played the role of 2nd mom. He felt he needed to make this record to make peace with the past and move forward. He went wandering for inspiration; to Japan, his mother's homeland Guatemala, and Morocco -- where the title song was written.

In this conceptual album the idea of time became the motif, the obsession.
Indeed time becomes muddle after deep loss - the past, present, and future seem to all coexist. Songs that deal with overcoming depression (Through the Wind), with nostalgia (The Hours), social unrest (How it Feels), and the confusion of navigating modern life (The Following) all still fall under the umbrella of the over-arching theme: time.

The record's journey was inspired by albums like David Bowie's "Low", The Talking Heads 'remain in light' & Spiritualized "Ladies and Gentlemen". It has the kind of trajectory that these kind of records take. Cinematic in it's scope and variation, it is at once a beautiful tribute and a testament to the lasting power of telling of a moment in life through sound as vision.
Venue Information:
Moroccan Lounge
901 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA, 90012