Sound Check: Idol in the Making Gustavo Galindo Prepares his Big Debut

Though we have a long-standing love affair with Colombian rockero Juanes, lately our hearts have been beating for another guitar-clutching singer/songwriter. His name is Gustavo Galindo and last week he turned the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas into a veritable smooch-fest with his romantic ballads. Billboard.com immediately dubbed him an “idol-to-watch” after his performance on Wednesday night.

Born in Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, the 27-year-old is currently working on his full-length debut, Entre la Ciudad y el Mar (Universal Latino/Surco) with super-star producer Gustavo Santaolalla (Juanes, Café Tacuba, Debi Nova). The new album will build upon his 2007 five-track EP La Ciudad, in which Galindo created a sound that combines Latin rhythms and American rock sensibility with an intelligent lyrical style.

We hear Julieta Venegas and her accordion make a guest appearance, but we’re still waiting for confirmation on that, and for the first single to drop. In the meantime, here’s a teaser of the song “Amor de Alta Mar.” It should give you an idea of why we’re swooning.

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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