Translated to mean ‘ask me something’ the new reggaeton single “Preguntame Algo” from vibrant South Texan singer/songwriter Arzalez answers a wide range of emotional ponderings. Sharing the listener his heartfelt requests, Arzalez’ vocals hover over a modern rhythmic bedrock. The mesmerizing percussion and his crisp voice in “Preguntame Algo” has a loftiness tone, making the often distressed lyrical content all the more real. The single is from the forthcoming album Aquel Futuro Ahora.
Sung in Spanish, “Preguntame Algo” transcends boundaries and stateliness. One doesn’t have to speak Español fluently to glean an emotional connection to Arzalez’s pain and confusion. Arzalez, a moniker that combines his parents’ surnames “Garza” and “Gonzalez”, sings from a place of the heart that seems to be worried about his parents. I interpreted the guilt to be from a son that can’t be near his aging parents, erstwhile, maybe they are estranged. Quiero eschuchar tu voz (I want to hear your voice)…silencio duele amor (silent hurts love) he sings with the same strife as a rock ballad.
The undercurrent pulsating beneath him is like a meandering river, uncertain where the water flow will land, only that it must go forward. I think, too, he’s coming from an artist that still has a lot of questions to ask his parents. He wants to know certain things about who they were as a young couple; he wants them to ask him, too, what is going on his life. Don’t let the personal touch in the lyrics fool you as a listener, this song is relatable on many levels. As the invisible clock ticks, I think Arzalez is facing a new reality to heal broken wounds.
The murkiness of the music bed does have many bright spots. Hushed within the tapestry is a concertina or accordion-like sound. I think this addition to the sonic bed adds both sunshine and nostalgia. Arzalez doesn’t overdo the sound, and he blends in a wide swath of modern riffs and EDM-like beats. He drives home the idea of an emotional escape with a slightly ambient sheen. On first listen, it might sound ambitious, but after the song has marinated, Arzalez’s work grabs you and is par for the course for an exciting artist who’s star is rising. When it’s all said and done, this song is for pop rock fans in the Latin world, but surprisingly, I think Ed Sheeran (especially the song “Shape of You”) fans will like the hooky music. Again, one doesn’t have to know the language to be charmed by Arzalez’s magnetic voice.