Global Conjunction WHEN PLANETS ALIGN Return January 21 with 'The Death of Us"
Led by Songwriting Duo Mark Nguyen & Juan Lizarazo, Homeric Rock Opera Examines Soulmates, Muses and Transformation with Vocal Performances by Boogiewhip, Gabe Kubanda, Shalini Varghese, and Diego Garcia. Releasing via Planet LA Records.
By: 1888 Media
Releasing via Planet LA Records, "The Death of Us" is a melodic pop / rock drama punctuated by an electric guitar extravaganza. Thematically, it represents not only grief and loss, but learning to let go when "what we had and knew" is gone. It also investigates the psychic shock of losing a relationship that seemed so strong, so authentic.
A cosmic creative conjunction between Colombian composer Juan Andrés Lizarazo (aka Juanlizh) and Vietnamese-American poet Mark Nguyen, the duo struck up an immediate kinship, musically and professionally, while enrolled in the music business program at UCLA in 2009.
Over the past dozen years, the collaborators have released three albums, Radio Silence (2009), The Universe in Me (2012) and 2019's Lovers & Angels, which debuted at a release event at the Santa Monica Playhouse in Santa Monica, CA. Social imprimatur Bionic Buzz lauded its significant examination of sentient and spiritual passion.
Nguyen, lyricist for their breadth of repertoire, extolls their inclusive vision, "When Planets Align represents the idea of people of different cultures and backgrounds coming together for a common love of creating music and art."
With additional production by Sergio Martinez and Federico Perez in Bogotá and Joshua 'Cartier' Cutsinger in LA, the 6-song emotional revolution takes flight on the 21st of January with the release of the title track, a spirited duet with Shalini Varghese, a powerful , multi-octave vocalist of Indian origin who's been compared to Amy Winehouse, Whitney Houston and Aaliyah, and Gabe Kubanda, an indie-pop artist who starred on VH1's Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp.
Other torch-bearers include Mexican-American singer / actor Diego Garcia (Stage 11, Bell Canyon, Raising Hope) on the classic country rumble of "Stepping Stone" and four appearances by Boogiewhip (born Jonathan Grout), a magnetic LGBTQ icon known for his mercurial Adam Lambert meets Freddie Mercury vocals / stage performances as lead singer of Hollywood-based Dirty Little Creatures (and formerly Hot Sauce Holiday). Grout scats and gallops through the (Steve Wonder) Superstition blues-funk footsteps of "Validation,"
When planets align, it's spellbindingly divine.