The Mexican-American artist, David Ramirez, release his latest record We’re Not Going Anywhere via Thirty Tigers and we’re here to give you some insights on this new album!
Produced by Sam Kassirer, David’s new record visualizes a vividly imagined picture of contemporary America through his perspective of having a dual American and Mexican heritage. WNGA follows his previous album back in 2015 entitled Fables which was described as ‘caked with the grit and dust of an entire lifetime.’
On the musical side of things, this album marks David’s departure to create something new and anchored in the present from the rootsy sound of his past albums. WNGA is driven by his own background which identifies both promise and protest at a time of socio-political agitation.
“So many cultures in this country are being viewed as un-American and it breaks my heart. My family has raised children here and are proud to be a part of this country. Most of what I’ve seen as of late is misplaced fear. I wanted to write about that fear and how, instead of benefiting us, it sends us spiralling out of control.” – David Ramirez on ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’
Lyrically, David’s album expresses deep and meaningful thoughts on his political stand. But besides the main message of his record, WNGA also includes songs of break-ups, loneliness, and emotional distancing that perfectly reflects Davids’ past experiences in life, all of which are sober and self-castigating such as the first single from the album, “Watching From A Distance.” David’s catchiest tune on the album would be “People Call Who They Wanna Talk To”, marrying a playful hook to a sombre realisation about romantic irreconcilability.
“Don’t blame it on the distance, don’t blame it on the booze…people call who they wanna talk to.”
Another meaningful track on the album is “Eliza Jane”. A deeply poignant tune near the album’s conclusion. In the lyrics, David describes how his great-grandmother and her brothers left Oklahoma during the Great Depression, heading northwest to Oregon.
“My mom was telling me this story and the song was writing itself. I wish I had known her because I’m curious what drove her: Why did you do this? Was it just for fun? Was it a passion so deep-rooted that you couldn’t not do it?” – David Ramirez on “Eliza Jane”.
Overall, WNGA is a deep and passionate record on the artist’s strong feelings toward current socio-political issues and tells a great story of heritage, family, heart breaks, and feelings.
Check out David’s latest album and find out more information about the record through his website.