When Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana made her Spanish-language debut in 2008 with the album Mediocre, critics went mad over the 25-year-old, gushing about her gorgeous vocals and thoughtful lyrics in one jazzy song after another. To top it all off, she received both Grammy and Latin Grammy nominations—no small feat for a first album.
And just as fans were eagerly anticipating her sophomore release, Sariñana decided to switch gears on us and record an album in English. Considering she had already won over Español listeners, we have to admit she’s one ballsy chick to try and tackle a whole new market. But mounting evidence suggests that the fully bilingual indie darling will be just as good no matter the language.
For starters, she’s partnered with ace producer Greg Kurstin, who has worked with the likes of Beck, Lily Allen and Kylie Minogue. And more importantly, she’s already put out a couple of tracks.
The first, “Wrong Miracle” is a playful song with sounds created by footsteps on the gravel and circuit-bent toys. The second track, “Tu y Yo,” is the only Spanish-language track on the album, and it reminds us that Sariñana hasn’t forgotten her roots. Produced by fellow singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, it’s a beautiful slower-paced love song that we can listen to over and over again until her album comes out sometime this spring.
Listen for yourself: