Houston-raised, Los Angeles-based Mexican-American bilingual songstress Alaina Castillo released her debut Spanish EP Mensajes De Voz. The body of work is the Spanish counterpart to her critically acclaimed EP the voicenotes released this past April. The 4-track EP includes the well-received single “no vuelvas a mirar atrás” which was covered by major Latin publications such as Telemundo, Univision, Billboard Latin, Remezcla, and Rolling Stone Colombia, amongst many others. Like the English EP, mensajes de voz was created alongside her closest collaborator RØMANS (Lewis Capaldi, Ella Mai, Demi Lovato, Khalid).
About the EP, Alaina elaborates: “I wanted to be completely vulnerable on this EP because I sing about the things in the past that have caused me pain and I wanted people to relate to those feelings. I wanted to sing in Spanish and English because music is the one thing that can help us get by. My songs talk about problems and solutions, so I wanted as many people to understand the messages so they could help them. I am still learning Spanish because I had to learn by myself but I am very proud to be a Latina. This is the way I express myself and for that reason, I made my EPs in both languages.”
Mensajes De Voz launched with a Spotify billboard on Times Square in New York City and a YouTube Livestream with Alaina performing the 4 songs of the Spanish EP.
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Track by Track Breakdown of mensajes de voz By Alaina Castillo
1. “un niño” – I wrote “un niño” because I wanted to bring up the issue of resenting a relationship from your past. It’s about the moment you decide to trust someone else or let the pain of the past ruin your future relationship.
2. “no vuelvas a mirar atrás” – Is a reminder to myself to live in the present and not in the past, just like the title is a reminder to never look back because if not, life passes you by.
3. “triste como yo” – Talks about those moments when I think too much about the words of others on social media or in person. It’s about learning to forgive and trying to change the way we talk to each other.
4. “el mensaje” – This song is about fighting over text or online. It’s about overthinking about a situation and creating something that doesn’t end up happening.