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My Favourite Album - Gizmo Varillas

Posted on Wednesday 24th June 2020 at 15:00

Jimi Arundell

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Jimi Arundell


The ever-popular My Favourite Album blog is back, and we are extremely pleased to have a contribution from famed Spanish songwriter Gizmo Varillas!

The critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist has previously impressed with his first two albums ‘El Dorado’ and ‘Dreaming Of Better Days’ which has seen his fans push past the 30 million streams on Spotify alone!

This month has seen the release of his highly anticipated third album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ which channels Varillas’ love of reggae and fuses it with electronica and a fresh upbeat pop sound to create a truly compelling new sound. Make sure you check out lead single ‘Born Again’, it’s a huge funk inspired anthem packed full of hope and optimism – perfect for getting the party started!

Out Of The Darkness’ is out now, available on Signed 12” Vinyl, Signed CD and Digital Download!

Gizmo Varillas will be playing Tiny Rebel in Cardiff in promotion of his upcoming album ‘Out Of The Darkness’ on Friday 20th of November. Tickets are on sale with Gigantic and you can get yours HERE.





What Is It?

Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus


When Was It Released?

3 June 1977


Where Did You First Hear It?

In Spain - along the northern coastline.



What Does It Mean To You?

This album was the summer soundtrack to my childhood. I used to live in Spain and I'd go from beach to beach blasting out these songs. It brings me back so many great memories and even to this day it still puts me in a good mood. It's my go to album for when the sun shines.



Talk Us Through Your Favourite Songs On The Album 

Exodus’ has such a unique rhythm, even as a reggae track it really stands out. There's something slow yet fast about it. The kick is pumping four to the floor like a dance track yet the guitars are pulling it back and I just love how they go together. It's so addictive! 

Jamming’ is one of Bob's best, the intro drum fill is perfect and the rhythm of the song is so feel-good. Like with ‘Exodus’, the kick drum is pumping away while the guitars are slow and laid back. I think this combination makes for a danceable yet relaxing vibe which Bob Marley and The Wailers were masters at. 

One Love’ - anthemic, singalong song that reaches to all of humanity. My kind of message and this is a big influence on me and how I approach music and songwriting.



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