Eduardo Mateo

A Uruguayan singer-songwriter who recorded a few albums during his fifty years, Mateo Solo Bien Se Lame being his debut. It's an intimate and delicate album, its energy both sorrowful, pained and so very full of life. Beguiling, a quietly inspired artifact that's very of its time—it was released in '72 and is imbued with a dusty, unhurried patchouli psychedelia—and a vessel for more disparate influences, like Brazilian bossa and the gentler side of the British Invasion bands. On songs like "De Nosotros Dos," filled with hooks and tight harmonies, I feel the spirit of George Harrison and John Lennon, curiously working through a demo, flow throughout.