Listen To Ariel Aparicio's New Song: "Tattered Heart"

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Born in Cuba, raised in Miami and having moved to New York in the 80's, Ariel Aparicio grew up listening to as much Celia Cruz as he did David Bowie. That's a combination more logical than it sounds: Both were loud, dramatic and danceable, amazing musical storytellers with great hair and makeup.

I first became interested in Aparicio when I heard his cover of The Psychedelic Furs' classic "Pretty In Pink." While the original is a beautiful, feisty, confrontational song, Aparicio's version is an unabashedly sad remake for a friend battling cancer.

Aparicio's upcoming album is called Aerials and debuts March 8. Today, he's premiering the track "Tattered Heart" here on Alt.Latino. It's a song that finds Aparicio invoking all his childhood gods — the power of Bowie's vocals, the anthemic force of early U2 and the seductive imagery of Celia. As a Latina who grew up loving The Sex Pistols as much as Juan Luis Guerra, this seemingly impossible language makes perfect sense to me.

"Tattered Heart" is about giving yourself entirely, with no restraints. And that's exactly what Aparicio does. In an era of ironic coolness, his music is shamelessly honest and poignantly sentimental. He doesn't mock his musical deities; rather, he truly lets them possess him, fight for their turf within his music and whatever happens, happens. And the result is quite beautiful. "Tattered Heart" is at first a bit strikingly from another era, and then you realize that the guy dancing like it's 1999 isn't the one who is off—it's you for not joining in.

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Nació en Cuba, se crió en Miami, y vive en Nueva York desde la década de los '80: la banda sonora de la vida de Ariel Aparicio incluye tanto a Celia Cruz como a David Bowie. Esa combinación es más lógica de lo que parece. Ambos son personajes fuertes, melodramáticos, que cuentan increíbles historias con su música, hacen bailar a las masas, y han lucido peinados y maquillaje despampanantes.

Mi primer contacto con el trabajo de Aparicio fue cuando escuche su cover de "Pretty In Pink", un clásico de los Psychedelic Furs. Mientras que la canción original es bella y agresiva, la versión de Aparicio, la cual el creó para una amiga que padecía de cáncer, es inmutablemente triste.

El próximo álbum de Aparicio se llama Aerials, debuta el 8 de Marzo. Hoy estrenamos la canción "Tattered Heart", en la cual Aparicio invoca a los dioses de su adolescencia- la poderosa voz de Bowie, la fuerza de los himnos de U2 en sus comienzos, y las letras románticas de Celia. Siendo yo una latina que se crió tanto con The Sex Pistols como con Juan Luis Guerra, este idioma que a muchos les parecería imposible, a mí me parece perfectamente entendible.

"Tattered Heart" se trata de entregarse a alguien entéramele, sin miedo. Y eso es exactamente lo que Aparicio hace. En la era de la ironía y el "cool" desentendido, su música es completamente honesta y sentimental sin ser cursi. No se burla de sus deidades musicales, sino que se deja poseer por ellos, y que pase lo que pase. El resultado es bello.

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