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Sobrarán by Elsten Torres: painting memories in watercolor, but feeling the heartache

The master of love songs brings us the pai of loss with the nostalgia of beautiful memories – the remains.

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. 

Patrick O’Heffernan



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About Patrick O'Heffernan, Music Sin Fronteras (442 Articles)
Patrick O’Heffernan, PhD., is a music journalist based in Mexico, with a global following. He focuses on music in English and Spanish that combines rock and rap, blues and jazz and pop with music from Latin America, especially Mexico like cumbia, banda, son jarocho, and mariachi. He is also edits a local news website and is a subeditor of a local Spanish language newspaper. Check out his weekly column Music Sin Frontera on Sunday nights.

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