VIDEO PREMIERE: MARCOS VACA “SLEEPER CAR”
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Marcos Vaca was the guitarist in Tongues—who often recorded with Vinny from Vaguess, a recent L.A. RECORD feature subject—but now he’s quietly (or not so quietly, in some ways) struck out on his own with a raw and intimate set of solo songs. “Sleeper Car” is a confessional that says as much with its empty space and understated delivery as it does with its lyrics and melody—it’s like a Go-Betweens track or Elliott Smith ballad reincarnated as a Sebadoh deep cut, fighting through its own tangle of emotion and finding beauty in the battle, if not the resolution. (Maybe some Camper Van Beethoven in there too?) The video (directed by Paula Soledad Aguilar and starring Mayra Jimenez) mirrors that mood as Jimenez finds her own medium to send a message. Vaca explains the song’s underlying cathartic mechanism this way:
“‘Sleeper Car’ is about family. It was written immediately after a tumultuous time in my life where I felt like I had to battle with everyone close to me. It was a bad time. Its almost as if I was harboring all of this resentment towards people I loved and it all had to come out somewhere. But the resolution to it all is that within that resentment I felt is undying love and that’s truly all that matters beyond any negative feelings.”
Vaca is working on his The Heart EP now, and you can catch up with his past work here.