Sometimes I feel I wanna hear something different. Today my wish was granted thanks to Mariko Daisey and her new single, Flor Sin Retoño. Having a passion for both languages and music, she explores a variety of genres to construct a sonic identity that combines ranchera, bolero, hip-hop, and pop. Thanks to her travels between the US and Mexico, Mariko learned about the different styles of music in Mexico and began to mix classic rancheras with other genres. Now she is here, showing us the results with her new single.
With “Flor Sin Retoño,” Mariko effortlessly glides along the mesmerizing tune of the Pedro Infante classic accompanied by a deep and impactful rhythm influenced by an Amy Winehouse hit. Besides the aforementioned artists, she also takes heavy influence from Omar Apollo, Selena, Kali Uchis, Rosalían Julio Jaramillo, and Jason Joshua. Each of these musicians is known for their singular perspectives and styles. She grabs a little bit of every single one of them and adds her own perspective to this extraordinary mix. Mariko’s sound is anything but typical, revolutionary would be a better word to describe it. Simple yet powerful with a melody that is both haunting and beautiful the song will grab your heart and won’t let go. Mariko’s singular view, combined with the passion she pours into her lyrics, makes her music stand out from the generic sea of music that it’s produced today. The blend of guitars with R&B rhythms is what really sets her music apart in my humble opinion. Her performance allows you to connect with the pain and longing expressed, creating an immersive and cathartic experience. This lively and infectious song captures the age-old topic of unrequited love but presents it in a surprisingly innovative and revitalizing fashion. The fusion of sounds gives the tune universal appeal. Even if you don’t speak Spanish, I can assure you, you will be able to enjoy it. I mean I love Jpop and I don’t speak a lick of Japanese, so believe me when I say I know what I’m talking about!
“I wanted to pay homage to some of the artists that inspire me, while also adding my own little twist. I was listening to a playlist I had made when a Pedro Infante song came on right after an Amy Winehouse song, and I just thought to myself, wow, these would actually sound really good together! So of course, I had to try creating my own version”
– Mariko Daisey
Not every heartbreak story has to end in sadness. Mariko’s music continues to bloom, grabbing the attention of everyone around her. I can’t wait to hear what she has in store for us next time. Will my heart be ready for it? Only time will tell.