Monday, September 11, 2023

Rare Hearts - "Good Mantra"

It's been a while since we've heard from Los Angeles based Rare Hearts. The musical moniker of Mexican-American artist Joe Rojas just released a new single, "Good Mantra." With a title like that, it kind of needs to be a positive song and this one definitely is. I had compared his previous music to other power pop artists in 1997 and "Good Mantra" gets a little more current than that. It still has a very Fountains of Wayne style to it, but add in a little early Arctic Monkeys and you'll have this sound. Rojas has crafted one of the most positive and appealing songs of the year. Normally that would repel me, but Rare Hearts just have enough natural charm to keep me listening happily.

Joe Rojas says of his new single:

"'Good Mantra' has to be one of my absolute favorite songs I’ve ever written. With a positive and empowering message; it’s all about looking in the mirror, accepting and loving ourselves wholeheartedly. Realizing that our imperfections are what make us uniquely ourselves. It’s a Powerful mantra for everyone on this plane of existence and one I’m proud to put out into the world. It’s a song for the community and for the individual. 'You’re strong, you’re beautiful, You’re happiness, breathe these words and you’ll be unstoppable.' In a lot of ways; this song is about getting out of our own way (heads) and embracing every ounce of who we are in order to flourish in a world that is constantly pushing us to reach for external validation and unreasonable/unrealistic expectations of oneself. You are perfect as you are. Embrace that, and flourish! The choice is ours to make each moment of each day."

You can listen to "Good Mantra" below. Rare Hearts' debut EP is due out later this year on My Grito Industries. For more on Rare Hearts, check out the artist on Instagram and Facebook.

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