In an immaculate explosion of colorfully textured riffage, Buenos Diaz’s new single “Through The Clouds & The Rain It’s Paradise” comes into focus. Diaz doesn’t waste any time before gripping us with an illustrious string melody that is evocatively arranged in between crushing percussive thunder and breezy vocal emissions from center stage, but the first few fireworks that listeners are beholden to in the opening bars of the song are just a preview of the magic that’s in store for them in the next three and a half minutes of play. We work our way through the introductory instrumental portion of the track and fall upon a lusty collection of verses from Diaz that are determined to draw us into his grasp and onto the dancefloor.
A romantic lead guitar comes slicing through the break between the chorus and the next stanza, but it’s balanced out by a buoyant bassline that doesn’t want to stand down in the master mix. It’s big, bold and bulging at the seams, but Diaz doesn’t become intimidated by its mammoth size. Instead, he runs head-first into its low-end grit and belts out his words in a complementary tone that evens the levels a bit and makes it easier for us to embrace the physicality of the music. Though it’s lyrics are simply structured and devoid of the bells and whistles that so commonly plague this variety of indie rock with pretentiousness, “Through The Clouds & The Rain It’s Paradise” is nevertheless a multilayered effort from Diaz that is littered with a lot of startlingly detailed intricacies.
Every one of those aforementioned intricacies gets the royal treatment behind the soundboard here. Diaz goes out of his way to make sure that even when the drums move behind the marching guitar chords, they don’t disappear from the big picture. There are more twists and turns in this instrumental arrangement than what you would find on a deserted mountain road high in the Rocky Mountains, but that shouldn’t leave non-pop aficionados feeling like this is a track that they should stay away from. On the contrary, for all of its angular facets, I think that this is probably one of the more accessible releases we’ve heard out of the top tier of artists in his scene lately.
“Through The Clouds & The Rain It’s Paradise” fades into silence with a lot less bombastic flare than it features at the onset of its swing, but that has yet to stop me from feeling strongly compelled to listen to the song over again after most every spin I give it. Buenos Diaz dispenses some of 2019’s most sophisticated grooves in his latest single, and though I’ve heard a lot of really captivating songs from a litany of artists spanning genres as commonplace as hip-hop and as left-field as drone music this year, this is unquestionably among the best material that I’ve reviewed. He’s got star-power that he’s just starting to tap into, and I cannot wait to see where it takes his sound next.