The Mexico-born, US-based songwriter/producer has been quietly self-releasing bedroom masterpieces for years now.
With Cavalier Attitude, Guerra emerges as a psych-psoul auteur, wherein the music is given life outside of the bedroom for the first time with a new-found sheen and the sort of economy and efficiency that only comes for experience. The songs are more direct, concise and to the point, with more focus on wind instruments and tighter, more sophisticated arrangements.
“I think I had to get that out of my system with my previous work, the sound-abuse aspect of it. This time around the sounds are still quite varied but it’s only the necessary sounds, that serve the song. And they are a lot more organized and not giddy and all over the place as before. I wanted to really present the songs in the best light, without all the other superfluous stuff.”
Guerra handled the production, engineering and most of the instrumentation himself and shines as an arranger with a new-found confidence in his vocals.
Cavalier Attitude was primarily self-recorded in Guerra’s home studio over the course of a year with some overdubs done at the home studios of guest musicians Jay Reynolds (flute, alto and baritone sax), Austin Youngblood (drums, EWI) and Jesse Jenkins (bass, organ) and mixed at Bismeaux Studios in Austin, TX by Stephen Orsak (Pure X, Shakey Graves).