No one ever leaves us completely. There are always remains. There are lessons learned, memories, feelings – sometimes of loss, sometimes of resignation. The remains depend on the separation; do we give each other a last kiss and wish for happiness on our journeys, or is love erased when one partner evacuates, not caring about the emotional rubble behind – the remains.
“Sobrarán” means “remains” in Spanish, but like many Spanish words it can convey multiple shades of meaning at once, like the song Sobrarán by the Elsten Torres, our generation’s musical master of the many shades of love.
Drawn from a true experience in which love was found, built on, and then gone, Sobrarán carries the heartache of loss along with the bitter/sweet memories of the love – the “remains” of joy, of togetherness, of plans of a future not realized. And from these remains Torres has fashioned a window into his heart, and perhaps into all of our hearts, that we can look through as we live with and sometimes relive what once was and could have been.
Sobrarán evokes strong emotions, but gently, as Torres always does, painting memories in watercolor notes that touch you with the beauty of their truth: They will be left over, the caresses, your mouth, the rain…
But the lyrics don’t forget the pain of the remains – of the debris that leaving can generate.
And what is the use of looking at myself in the mirror,
If I’m not the one I remember...
Torres encases these emotions in music that holds you close, that lets you in, that shares what could have been in choruses that swell as the lesson of the remains sink in and life goes on.
There will be plenty, life itself and this guitar
Sobrarán is classic Elsten Torres, music from one heart to another that fills you with pleasure, thought, and memories – some yours, some his. And like a lover who has left well, it will leave intimate remains, captivating notes to be played over and over again.
SSobrarán was released today, March 25, and is available on all platforms.
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