Today, September 15th, Chicago-based alt-Latinx band Dos Santos releases “A Tu Lado,” a new single and video from their forthcoming album, City of Mirrors, out October 15th on International Anthem. The accompanying video directed by Osvaldo Cuevas, which bandleader Alex Charez explains “is an upbeat, experimental visual illustration of the world as we see it and the projections we hope may colour and light our collective struggles.”
The single follows “A Shot in the Dark” plus the album’s recently released title track, a love song to Puerto Rico amid the aftershocks of harrowing natural disasters through which the bands “takes a salsa groove and soaks it in acid rock influences to warp it into a melancholic dirge without sacrificing warmth” (Remezcla).
“A Tu Lado” translates to “by your side.” Bandleader Alex Chavez describes the song’s sentiment: “We walk, march, and travel across these thresholds so that we may come to know the truth about our pasts—in the hopes of inching closer to futures that are not quite in view, of inching closer to a place being dreamed within the dream, that nonetheless exists outside the dream… And in that unbridled desire we discover the promise of these unknown paths only by walking along them at each other’s side.”
Dos Santos is comprised of Chavez, drummer Daniel Villarreal, percussionist Peter “Maestro” Vale, bassist Jaime Garza, and guitarist/multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Nathan Karagianis. The five began working on City of Mirrors without any expectation of what it would be. They simply hoped to create an honest, unique, and border-defying but broadly communicable sound. To achieve this, they decided to incorporate a sixth member. That led to City of Mirrors being recorded in Los Angeles under the direction of artist, producer, and longtime friend of the band Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle, NOMO).