It’s not so much that Gyanma wants to give the heartbreakers a pass, but he’s ready to bring nuance to the conversation around them. At least in part this is the main theme of his new EP. Rompecorazones. “[The album] blurs the line between who’s heartbroken and who’s heartbroken, and how this whole situation lives in a gray area, âhe told Remezcla. âIt starts out maliciously, but as you listen you notice the tone change as more and more are revealed. “
In fact, part of the fun of listening Rompecorazones follows how each song approaches the subject from different angles in a way that is both subtle and open. Arguably Gyanma’s most mature effort to date, it structures the album in a way that isn’t much different from the stages of grief, this time in the aftermath of a breakup.
The inextricable connection between music and heartfelt emotion had been in the foreground ever since he was introduced to the medium in the first place. âMy dad was a merenguero in the 90s. He was the background singer for Olga TaÃ±Ã³n, so on weekends he always brought home music and that bohemian energy with his friends, and being there inspired me. to get into songwriting. From there he took his first instrument, the violin – âSuzuki Method, for the recordâ. And after entering a prestigious high school via a music scholarship, he set his sights on a higher goal for his education. “From there I just rushed over so I could get into Berklee [College of Music], where I studied production, composition. It was a very open area of ââconcentration.
This freedom to dabble ended up being fortuitous, evident in his extracurricular musical adventures between semesters. âAs I was traveling between Boston and Puerto Rico, I was starting cover bands, doing different takesâ¦ mixing reggaeton and rock or neo-soul,â he says. These inspired attempts at crossing genres foreshadowed how Gyanma presents her music today as a solo act in its own right. “I can’t say my music fits into a specific genre, but if I had to choose I would say it’s very R&B based but merged with indie [rap] scene, âhe said. “[My] the voice is the one that also fits into a rock song, or a pop song, or even a ballad because the lyrics have personality. They can be dirty as well as they can be poetic, and all of that defines sound.
This poetry is reflected not only in the quality of the metric but also in the general gravity with which Gyanma undertook this project. âI wanted something with a little more history. I love doing EPs, and so far they’ve all had some sort of theme. But with this one, I was more dedicated to the consistency of it.
The opening title song, âRompecorazones,â places the burden of ending the relationship firmly on the partner’s shoulders, marking them with the burden of being the first heartbreaker and causing pain. It is followed by “TÃ³xico”, in which an aggrieved Gyanma berates his ex’s friends for dragging his good reputation through the mud. Obviously, we are in the anger stage of mourning. “KSA” presents a man determined to forge ahead and win over a new conquest, and the words are there, but not the conviction. He boasts of being willing to spend big, be a stallion and keep busy, but we don’t think he believes it himself. The wounds are still too fresh. With the next track, âMe DaÃ±Ã©â, the cards are played. Negotiations and depression come to a head as Gyanma acknowledges his own role in the split, accepting his transgressions while claiming that he “hasn’t always been like this”. One begins to wonder who, in fact, is the titular heartbreaker. In the last song, “En La Lenta”, he may not have fully achieved Acceptance, but there is a note of resignation in his words and voice.
The sober subject does not prevent Rompecorazones to be repeated listening, either. It’s a testament to Gyanma’s fun pun and catchy production, all in a package that’s been in the works for months. “This is the first project of my ALAS label, and we wanted to release a complete package with visuals, art, music video, and all that, âhe says.
“Lost opportunities, goals that seem out of reach, and of course hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemics, that’s a lot to go through while trying to make your music and dreams come true, especially when you don’t. you’re not an artist with the backing of a big label that gives you a head startâ¦ It’s all part of the love of art.
ALAS, or âAnte La Adversidad, Sigueâ (Against Adversity, Keep Going) is not just a label but a private recording studio and performance space and the next step in its booming career. Founded alongside longtime partner RaÃºl Santos, it represents a leap forward for the artist’s independence in a brave new world that is not always (if ever) friendly to those who start from the bottom with big dreams. The name itself is a reference to this trip. “[It] comes from the last five years and all the turmoil that we’ve been through and all the pitfalls. Lost opportunities, goals that seem out of reach, and of course hurricanes, earthquakes, pandemics, that’s a lot to go through while trying to make your music and dreams come true, especially when you don’t. you’re not an artist with the backing of a big label that gives you a head startâ¦ It’s all part of the love of art, âhe says.
With a project as assured and solid as Rompecorazones Leading the way, Gyanma is on track to making a name for herself and proving that he should be in the conversation.
List to Rompecorazones below.