Lázaro Cristóbal Comala was our favourite Mexican singer-songwriter even before we started working with him. His songs remind us why we fell in love with folk in the first place. It has to do with the simplicity of his melodies and the depth of his lyrics, but above all with his ability to break your heart and make you laugh all in the same verse.
Starting with his artistic name –inspired by the concept of the orphanage– he creates an identity that sounds of desert landscapes populated by solitude, dust storms, and thorns. His world is shaped by strange elements like Juan Rulfo’s magical realism, Johnny Cash’s music, the singing rooster from Robin Hood and everyday people from his native city, Durango. It all comes together in stories that confront you with an inevitable reality, where the bad times are more common (but not less important) than the good ones.
Lázaro’s voice has a very Mexican sense of humor when dealing with tragedy and a remarkable level of self consciousness. He writes from a place that is deeply personal, but reveals truths that result all too familiar and expose our own patterns. Perhaps, the most brilliant thing is how he is able to transform this complex world of emotions into simple catchy folk songs.
Throughout four albums: Lázaro Cristóbal Comala (2014), Canciones del Ancla (2018) y Samuel (2019); two EPs: Los Claros y Zaguán (2016); and a set of live versions recorded in cantinas and hotel rooms, Comala has established himself as an essential artist for our generation.