Written by Joana Meurkens

“Sometimes You Cross My Mind” by Moreta offers escapism in a year where most were trapped within the same four walls. Frank Vizcarra, also known as Moreta, is a 31-year-old music producer/artist hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. As a proud Latino, you can hear the cultural influence infused into this electronic dreamscape. Moreta has been making beats for about 10 years now, but has dedicated the past few years to diving deeper into his musicianship by teaching himself music theory and incorporating more live instrumentation into his art, prioritizing “keeping it fun and expressive, not limiting my growth or experience.” 

The album was inspired by memories of Moreta’s past relationships with people from all walks of his life. Born out of quarantine, Moreta allowed inspirations of his past to drive this album, not only audio-wise but through a visual album/short film as well. Moreta credits Quinton Dominguez and Max De La Torre for creating the visuals for the project. 

The opening track, La Continuation,  begins with poetry written and performed by Abigail Lopez, who as Moreta so brilliantly puts, “is a creative goddess whose flow is as free as the oceans’ endless currents.” The poem pulls us in and sets the listener into an almost meditative state. The entire album feels like you’re in a dream, which I think is perfect for an album released in the depths of 2020. 

“Sometimes You Cross My Mind” not only soothes the listener with tastes of waterfalls and relaxing melodies, but there are a few tracks that transport you to the party you wish you could be at. Contigo is the song you long to hear under muffled voices of a loud party, a time that seems distant but you can almost taste it through the beat. The track Tu Y Ella offers a romantic feeling, showing the range of emotions and relationships we can go through while still leaving the listener at ease through his beats.

The project is an ode to those who, as the album says, “cross your mind”, whether they are welcome or not. It honors those memories that we cherish but also push away, becoming a part of our personal tapestry. It reminds us of our childhood memories, of solemn nights in the rain, and of those who’s words ring in our minds as though it is the only music we can hear. The collaboration between Moreta, Lopez, De La Torre, and Dominguez is a great example of how multiple people can come together and bring a project to life.

Listen to the album here:

Digital album available via Bandcamp: https://moreta.bandcamp.com/

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