Next week, the young Mexican singer-songwriter and actress Ximena Sariñana comes to New York City for her first live performance in the U.S.: Thursday, July 10 at the Bowery Ballroom, as part of the Latin Alternative Music Conference, the biggest event in the world for cutting edge Latin music. She will also perform live on KCRW’s signature show “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” hosted by Nic Harcourt, on Friday, July 11. The station is the official radio sponsor for LAMC and has been supporting the upcoming U.S. release of Sariñana’s highly acclaimed first album, Mediocre, with regular airplay. Sariñana will also perform live in-studio on WNYC¹s music show “Soundcheck” with John Schaefer on Tuesday, July 8.
At 22, Ximena Sariñana is being celebrated as an extraordinarily mature and distinctive recording artist, one who combines echoes of Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf recordings with the cultural omnivorous-ness (not to mention the viral sort of fan base unique to her generation). Sariñana¹s MySpace page just surpassed 1,000,000 views, and she has been featured on the site as ”Artist of the Week” twice in less than a month.
Sariñana has been a well-known professional actress in Mexico since the age of four. She released her first album, Mediocre, there in February of this year and achieved a level of success unprecedented for a new artist: The album debuted at the top of the albums chart and remained there for five weeks, earning her Gold sales status in the recording’s first few months on sale. The album is still in the top ten. Now, on July 15, Sei Track International/Warner Music Latina will release the album to stores across the U.S.
Many weeks in advance of the album¹s release in the U.S., Billboard has already said, “Though singer/ songwriter Ximena Sariñana's remarkable alt-pop-jazz debut recalls Fiona Apple's best brooding melodies, it carries an emotional truth all its own. The seamless piano- and guitar-driven production perfectly complements Sariñana's crisp, soaring vocals.”
Time Out New York noted the album’s “woefully misleading title” in a recent four-star review of Mediocre that said, “Perhaps the curse befalling actors who attempt to forge music careers is strictly a Hollywood phenomenon. Ximena Sariñana certainly bucks the trend: After more than a decade in Mexican film, the 22-year-old actor proves an unlikely link between Fiona Apple and Astrud Gilberto on her enchanting debut. [The album is] full of buoyant, jazz-inflected pop with occasional electronic underpinnings (as on standout ‘La Tina’) and outbursts of rock.”
A team of highly accomplished collaborators, (one that evidences Sariñana’s sensibility) helped capture Sariñana’s singular artistry on the recording, including Argentinean producer Tweety Gonzalez (Soda Stereo, Gustavo Cerati), and Uruguayan producer Juan Campodonico (Jorge Drexler, Bajofondo) who convinced the singer to undertake further vocal studies before