Based in Ontario, R&B singer and producer Chris LaRocca has us feeling all the feels with his latest release.
The self-taught musician is fresh on the heels of his sophomore EP Saudade, a collection made for summer. Yet, in stark contrast to the dreamy synths and R&B riffs that make it so easy to listen to, memories and nostalgia are found in abundance, while the wistful hunger of chasing a yearning that will never be fulfilled is a running theme throughout the entire EP.
In fact, the word “saudade,” although untranslatable from Portuguese to English, describes a melancholic nostalgia and longing for a moment that never happened. “A vague and constant desire for something that does not and most likely cannot exist,” LaRocca says. “This is a feeling that is not only very familiar to me, but a feeling that heavily inspired this body of work.”
Following the release of Saudade, LaRocca dropped the music video “Dice Out/Test On Me,” which was inspired by his hometown of Woodbridge, Ontario, the biggest Italian community in the world. Lovers of The Sopranos are sure to enjoy this one.
Watch the video below and stream Saudade now on Spotify.