Alynda Segarra has, over the course of 5 HFTRR albums, emerged as one of contemporary American roots music’s most insightful, restless and fearlessly powerful voices. By channelling her back-story as a teenage runaway (from Puerto Rican family in The Bronx to the streets of New Orleans) into tales from the wrong side of the tracks, played by a nomadic collective of roots radicals, Segarra and co became champions of freedom. As her music developed, so to did her politics and while ‘Small Town Heroes’ had nods towards feminist and anti-violent messages, here she channels her Nuyorican origins into a collection of songs that have a-lot to say about immigration and cultural identity in America, vitally important subject matter right now.
Segarra has embellished her captivating dustbowl Americana sound to take in everything from Patti Smith-esque rock n roll, to defiant piano show-stoppers, with elements of doo-wop, spoken word and an abundance of Latino rhythms in the mix. By adopting the titular Navigator character she takes the listener on a journey through the city while also leading her own people in a call-to-arms.
A breath-taking record.