(Editor’s note: Gina Villalobos’ 2006 record Miles Away is being released in the states for the first time on the new alt-country LA imprint Face West Records (distributed by parasol). Here’s a composite of two older posts I did surrounding the European release of Miles Away. I know it’s a repost but give me a break it is a holiday after all!)
What’s the world going to be like when they outright ban cigarrettes and hard liquor? How will we get artists that sound like Tow Waits, Nick Cave, Lucinda Williams and now Gina Villalobos. Gina’s not exactly a new commodotity to me as I’ve been waiting for her next release, exploring her brother’s music and rifling through all the band links on her site/MySpace page.
But if this is the first time you’ve heard of her don’t worry, you’re still early enough to say you knew her when. Miles Away was originally released on May 20, 2006 in the UK (Laughing Outlaw). I refuse to compare her to other artists (think L.W. or K.E.) but her sound is rooted in the godforsaken desert of the Southwest. The electric guitars and her raspy, well-worn voice are right up front in the mix while the traditional sounding pedal steel is used to supplement her sound. “Somebody Save Me” continues the path she took on her debut record a few years ago. Nothing new but still exemplary.
Gina Villalobos (referring to the post above) has been kind enough to get in touch and provide one of her favorite songs off the new album, Miles Away, exclusively to Songs:Illinois.
“Hard Enough” shows the other side of Gina’s musical coin (the other track “Somebody Save Me” is a lot more ballsy). “Hard Enough” is a rough-hewn ballad that explores the struggle against the hardening of a person’s heart. Pre-order Miles Away here.