Postales, but Moreno also straddles the worlds of classic rock and American pop in her English-language star turns with The Punch Brothers and pianist Mike Garson (David Bowie, Annette Peacock). The Guatemalan singer’s various musical planets converge and align within one dazzling galaxy on her latest album, Ilusión. Soulfully ebullient slices of R&B (“Se Apagó”) segue into stirringly dramatic torch ballads (“Nobody to Love”). Moreno digs in her heels with bluesy assurance (“Pale Bright Lights”) and remains fervently hopeful when trying to cross a series of borders, both personal and political (“Fronteras”).
Gaby Moreno can enchant in two different languages, but her music moves across multiple genres, from singer-songwriter folk and pop to R&B, soul, jazz, bolero and traditional roots-rock. You could pigeonhole her as a Latin-pop vocalist when she sings in Spanish on such albums as 2012’s