Buscabulla releases new single 'Eva' for Valentine's Days
11 February 2021
Buscabulla has released a new single “Eva” to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The song is a Puerto Rican karaoke classic, sung by Lissette Alvarez, while the original 1982 song was written in Italian by Umberto Antonio Tozzi during the Cold War Era.
“During the height of the global pandemic in 2020 we kept revisiting this track which speaks of renewal after tragedy and the opportunity to start over,” Raquel Berrios and Luis Alfredo del Valle explain. “It struck a chord with us and we decided to give it our own twist, softening it without losing its powerful essence, and hopefully conveying that spirit of rebirth, optimism for the new year after such a calamitous moment in history. We thought it apt to put it out for this new lunar year and Valentine’s Day as a sincere ode to love and its ability to conquer all, even during end-times.”
Buscabulla first performed their rendition of “Eva” during their KEXP Live At Home session last year, following the May 2020 release of their debut album Regresa, named one of NPR’s “Best Albums of 2020.”
The Puerto Rican duo have spent recent months in the studio writing and recording for break-out reggaeton star Jhay Cortez’s upcoming album; read more about their collaboration via Billboard. Additionally, Bad Bunny featured multiple Buscabulla songs on a new playlist of tracks which “inspired and set the mood” for his latest #1 album.
Full of angst and an underlying sense of loss, Buscabulla's Regresa—which means “return” or “to come back”—is a bittersweet, introspective, eye-opening journey. “The album reflects the joys of being back but it’s also melancholic,” Raquel says. “You can feel like a stranger in your own home because the island is going through very hard, weird times. Most people our age have fled. We have also changed after being away for so long.”
The album, recorded in its entirety in Raquel’s and Luis Alfredo’s home studio in Puerto Rico, is an emotional roller coaster in which they face and ponder the issues affecting them and Puerto Rican society at large: the frustration at the lack of opportunities for locals while tax breaks lure rich investors, social and political instability as well as anxiety and self-doubt. For the finishing touches, the band worked with Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, MGMT, Solange, Blood Orange) who contributed additional production and mixed the album.
Regresa calls for self-reflection, awakening and perseverance in the midst of an uncertain future. Says Raquel, “Regresa is about self-acceptance of oneself with all our imperfections, and the acceptance of being back in Puerto Rico, with all its flaws."
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