Not seen in London since 2016, the charismatic Drexler returns with his new project, debuting songs from his evocative new album Salvavidas de Hielo, full of rhythm, experimentation, melodies and, above all, great songs.
Drexler is a warm and engaging storyteller, with a magical rapport with his audience. He has the voice of a tenor but comes close to the warmth of a baritone, and while Latin rhythms predominate in his wide-ranging musical pursuits, he’s also partial to a rock beat or a country waltz if the opportunity arises.
Since winning an Oscar in 2005 for his theme song to The Motorcycle Diaries, Uruguay’s Jorge Drexler has become an eminence across the Latin diaspora, his songs much covered and graced with awards. Where his last album, Bailar en la Cueva, successfully embraced funk, electronica and rap, here he returns to the clever acoustic samba that made his name. A qualified doctor, Drexler boasts a questing intellect: referencing Gabriel García Márquez on Despedir a los glaciares, a sad farewell to our planet’s glaciers; addressing migration on Movimiento – how migration is a connective tissue we share as humans; and the ephemeral nature of life in Salvavidas de Hielo.
‘Jorge Drexler is a modern-day Renaissance man’ (NPR online)