Jackie Mendoza has just announced her debut LuvHz (Love Hurts) EP, out on 26 April via Luminelle Recordings, and shared lead single, ‘Seahorse’ – a “song that encapsulates the EP sonically and thematically.”

‘Seahorse’ directly refers to how seahorses mate for life and live in a symbiotic state by taking on equal responsibilities. “Females ‘plant’ the egg inside the male’s pouch and the male gives birth to thousands of seahorse babies while the female looks for food and shelter,” says Mendoza. The sound of the song was also inspired by the way they swim and move; sporadic and free-flowing.

“The song’s instrumentation mirrors the sense of being underwater; I imagined myself swimming between colourful coral reefs and seagrass. The sonic textures and theme behind this song are echoed throughout the EP.”

Born and raised in the border city of Chula Vista, California, Jackie Mendoza blends the cultural influences of her hometown and her motherland of Tijuana, Mexico, creating eccentric pop, Latin-driven dance beats, and vibrant soundscapes. Since high school, Mendoza has been experimenting with electronic ukulele-based pop, expanding the sound to its maximum potential by layering it with beats while singing in both English and Spanish.

Mendoza’s LuvHz EP is a 6-track exploration of love and relationships. Throughout, Mendoza uses both personal experiences and observations, delving into online unrequited love, the indecisiveness in a new romance, and the toll that being away for long periods of time has taken on her relationship with her home.

The LuvHz EP was recorded with Rusty Santos (Panda Bear’s Buoys), a collaborator that Mendoza quickly realized she had many parallels with. Both have lived in Los Angeles, New York, and Mexico and have an appreciation for Latin producers and Reggaeton artists, sounds that perfectly translated into Mendoza’s music. “Working with Rusty Santos was seamless and inspiring,” says Mendoza. “When I started working on the songs with him, the sound matured and definitely benefited from the ears of a seasoned producer.”

LuvHz (Love Hurts) EP is out on 26 April via Luminelle Recordings, and is available for pre-order HERE.

Live Dates:

March
12 – 17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right

April
26 – Brooklyn, NY @ Park Church Co-op (Record release show)

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