Christina Cavazos EP release party
8:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5
Lemon Lounge, 908 E. Fifth St., Austin
$12 at door; all ages
ON THE EDGE OF 17, AUSTIN SINGER-SONGWRITER CHRISTINA CAVAZOS
DELIVERS COLD, A SEVEN-SONG EP OF UNCOMMON GRACE AND MATURITY;
RELEASE PARTY SLATED FOR MARCH 5 AT LEMON LOUNGE
Berklee Summer Program Scholarship Winner’s Second EP,
Hitting Streets Feb. 24, Follows 2016 Debut, About You
AUSTIN, Texas — Christina Cavazos started writing songs at 14 — only three years ago. But she’s already proven so good at it, she reached the finals of 2016’s Old Settler’s Music Festival Youth Competition and earned a scholarship to Berklee College of Music’s summer program for high-school students.
And now, just weeks after her 17th birthday, Cavazos is releasing her second recording, a seven-song EP titled Cold. She’s celebrating its Feb. 24 arrival with a party slated for Sunday, March 5 at Austin’s new Lemon Lounge, 908 E. Fifth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the all-ages show; showtime is 8:30 p.m. The cover is $12. For more info, visit lemonaustin.com or call 512-522-1548.
The disc, produced, engineered and mixed by Louie Lino (Nada Surf, Ume, Matt Pond PA) at Resonate in Austin, showcases Cavazos’ accomplished songwriting, crystalline soprano and elegant dream-pop style. Its lush, sweeping sound was crafted by some of Austin’s finest players: electric guitarist Brian Patterson (Jaimee Harris, Jane Bryant); bassist Lonnie Trevino (Whiskey Sisters, South Austin Moonlighters, Fastball); drummer Phil Bass (Monte Montgomery, South Austin Moonlighters); and keyboardist Charlie Magnone (Parker McCollum). Cavazos handled acoustic guitar and, on “Warm,” the final track, accompanies herself on ukulele.
Glide magazine is already singing her praises. “Despite her young age, Cavazos is something of an old soul,” the website noted as it premiered the track, “Over Me” — described as “a slow building slice of Americana that feels personally close to the singer.”
Explaining how it evolved, she told Glide, “I wrote this song during my last week living in Boston this past summer and it kind of sprung from this idea that it’s hard to appreciate what you have when you never really got over what came before it. The song itself started out with just me and my guitar playing two notes over and over again, so it was very raw. At first we weren’t sure how to produce it and not lose the atmosphere that the song held when it was just me, but once we got the musicians into the studio, everything came together. The feeling of this song ended up guiding the feeling of the rest of the record.”
Cavazos’ “old soul” influences include the Beatles, Aimee Mann, Ingrid Michelson, Bon Iver, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), the Civil Wars and Fleetwood Mac. But she’s already creating a sound that’s totally original. She’s definitely one to watch.