Blending the cultural influences of Tijuana & Chula Vista, Jackie Mendoza shares new track of eccentric pop.
Jackie Mendoza has shared a new single / video “Mucho Más” today, from her forthcoming debut EP ‘LuvHz’. out April 26th on Luminelle Recordings. The accompanying video for the track presents Mendoza swirling with effervescent colors and warping, bright images.
“Mucho Más” is a self-assuring pep talk, explaining that there is “muco más allá” or “way more out there” to confront and explore with courage and joy. The lyrics were written while Mendoza was too anxious to leave her apartment, and the instrumentation was later fleshed out with frequent collaborator Rusty Santos (Panda Bear’s Buoys). “Hidden reasons and lost causes, what’s a mystery now will make sense eventually,” says Mendoza on the single.
Born and raised in the border city of Chula Vista, California, Jackie Mendoza blends the cultural influences of her hometown and her motherland of Tijuana, Mexico, creating eccentric pop, Latin-driven dance beats, and vibrant soundscapes. Mendoza has been involved in music since she was young, listening to Latin-pop songs at family parties, and playing in bands in high school, but it wasn’t until she took a course for Ableton in college that she discovered an avid interest in producing and making beats. Since then, Mendoza has been experimenting with electronic ukulele-based pop, expanding the sound to its maximum potential by layering it with beats while singing in both English and Spanish.
Mendoza’s ‘LuvHz’ EP is a 6-track exploration of love and relationships. Throughout, Mendoza uses both personal experiences and observations, delving into online unrequited love, the indecisiveness in a new romance, and the toll that being away for long periods of time has taken on her relationship with her home. The “LuvHz” EP was recorded with Rusty Santos (Panda Bear’s Buoys), a collaborator that Mendoza quickly realized she had many parallels with. Both have lived in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico and have an appreciation for Latin producers and Reggaeton artists, sounds that perfectly translated into Mendoza’s music. “Working with Rusty Santos was seamless and inspiring,” says Mendoza. “When I started working on the songs with him, the sound matured and definitely benefited from the ears of a seasoned producer.”
Following SXSW, Mendoza will play a record release show in New York on April 26th. As The New York Times described her live show at SXSW last year “Jackie Mendoza backed herself for this show with her own laptop tracks. They were dense concoctions that changed radically from song to song, touching down at times in dance beats before drifting into more abstract zones, and then getting reeled back by her straightforward vocal lines, with lyrics in English and Spanish.”
Jackie Mendoza North America Tour Dates:
Fri April 26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-op (EP Release show)
Sa. May 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
Tue May 14 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
Wed May 15 – Boston, MA @ Sonia *
Thu May 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz *
Fri May 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison *
Sat May 18 – Detroit, MI @ Deluxx Fluxx *
Tue July 9 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
Thu July 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
Fri July 12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Satellite
Sun July 14 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Mon July 15 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle