After having to postpone their Mundo Paralelo tour, which would have kicked off May 2 in Puerto Rico, Monsieur Periné’s Santiago Prieto is hunkered down at home relying on classics to get him through quarantine.
Prieto, Monsieur Periné’s musical director, is listening to songs that take him to a place of solace like Domenico Modugno “Volare,” which he says takes him back to his childhood, and The Beatles‘ “Here Comes the Sun,” a song of hope.
While they can’t be onstage with their fans, the pandemic hasn’t stopped the band from releasing new music. The Grammy-winning Colombian ensemble released last week their first track since 2018 titled “Mundo Paralelo (Parallel Worlds)” feat. Pedro Capó.
Below, listen to Prieto’s go-to songs during quarantine.
Nick Drake – “Fruit Tree”
I love this Nick Drake album, Five Leafs Left. Its sound, its magic, its guitars, its arrangements. This song talks about fame.
Domenico Modugno – “Volare”
It is a universal song that reminds me of my childhood. It’s also an award-winning song from the San Remo Festival. I love its elegance, its lyrics and the general feeling.
Chico Cervantes – “Tienes Que Quererme”
I like this song because it always reminds me of a place that I regularly go to dance at called Son Salome. It is a song to enjoy and dance to.
Django Reinhardt – “Nuages”
Django Reinhardt is my idol on guitar. And it is one of his most exquisite compositions.
The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun”
One of the songs that I like the most by George Harrison. It is an excellent song of hope.
Joe Arroyo “En Barranquilla Me Quedo”
This is one of my favorite artists of all time. I love this song because it reminds me of Barranquilla, my mother’s hometown and with which I feel most identified.
Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah ”
This Leonard Cohen song in Jeff’s voice seems to me one of the deepest and most heartfelt interpretations. The strength of the simple.
Yma Sumac – “Gopher Mambo”
For me, this song from the ’50s has one of the most rare and interesting female voices in the history of music.