Friday Fiesta: ‘Normal’ by Ximena Sariñana

I’m afraid the first installment of Friday Fiesta, my weekly posting of music that doesn’t suck, is a bit misleading. There’s nothing incredibly festive about Ximena Sariñana’s music though there is something quite talented about it. If you’re the type of person who will put Fiona Apple’s Tidal on repeat after a break up, or at the end of a long week, or because you like to wallow in self-pity (why hello doppelgänger!) then you’ll love this Mexican singer. I got the chance to see her last weekend at Lollapalooza where she showcased songs from her upcoming self-titled second album. Her attempt to break into the world market is clear, since most of her new material is in English. The girl can sing well in both languages but I prefer that special touch of melancholia that infuse her works in español.

As a side note: She began her career as the bratty villain in Luz Clarita, one of those weepy soap opera’s for children that her home country LOVES to export. Perhaps the first case of a successful transition from child acting to respected music career? Discuss.

Happy weekend everybody!

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