Today, we’re hyped to introduce you to the London-based Portuguese musician Afonso, especially as he has a brand new track out. ‘Luz’ is a smooth and smokey slice of primo indie-jazz built on tickling percussion, a luscious bass line, romantic piano, warm guitar melodies and soaring synth keys set to replicate orchestral violins. It’s intricate and mesmeric, led by Afonso’s soulful alto voice.
Inspired by the likes of Lianne La Havas, Nick Hakim and Moses Sumney, not only does Afonso share some stylistic choices with these more established names, but he also dips into the theme of self evaluation. ‘Luz’, meaning “light” in Portuguese, follows the journey of introspection, specifically where the singer focusses on his necessity of development and discovery within himself. Moreover, Afonso is using the song to reach out to minds who could use a little help with this challenge of self analysis.
Certainly, there’s a meditative quality to ‘Luz’, and so take some time to allow this golden indie-jazz song to wash over you.