Jorge Drexler will play a string of concerts in the United States early next year, opening with a Feb. 8 show at Miami’s Fillmore Miami Beach. The tour follows the recent release of the Uruguayan singer-songwriter’s album Salvavidas de Hielo.
Latin music’s philosopher king is in exquisite form on the album, finding beauty in chaos on his latest musical meditation on the human condition and the rhythm of the universe. Drexler poetically explores the theme of love as a safety zone and saving grace in the title song, a beautiful Mexican-tinged acoustic duet with Natalia LaFourcade that describes a relationship as a tenuous life preserver made of ice; he creates another intimate time capsule on “Asilo,” (“Asylum”), with Mon Laferte.
The theme of migration is a road often traveled by Drexler, and on the album’s opening track, “Movimento,” he reminds us “I’m not from here, but neither are you,” adding, “We don’t have belongings, we have baggage.”
“Despedir a Los Glacieres” (“Say Goodbye to the Glaciers”) metaphorically makes a global crisis personal, heartbreaking and somehow hopeful, if fatalistic: “We lift our glass to every lost cause.”
On another track, “Quimera,” Drexler describes himself as a “fisherman of dreams.” On this album with notes of trova, tropicalia and candombe, and without a lot of bells and whistles, he reminds us of the necessary power of song.
On Feb. 9, Drexler will perform at Washington D.C.’s Howard Theatre; the 15, at San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom, and the 16 at the Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The date of a New York concert, as well as other dates, will be announced soon, Drexler’s management told Billboard.
Drexler, who lives in Madrid, is currently on tour in South America, and is subsequently scheduled to perform throughout Spain.