Half Gringa ‘Afraid Of Horses (ft. Gia Margaret)’ : Both carry heft and gargantuan responsibilities in the thought processes.

Half Gringa

Half Gringa is the project of Chicago singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Isabel “Izzy” Olive. The upcoming self-produced 9-song set (‘Force To Reckon’) sees Olive joined by her full-time band members — Nathan Bojko (drums), Sam Cantor (guitar), Andres Fonseca (bass), Lucy Little (violin) — as well as Ivan Pyzow on trumpet, with occasional harmonies and piano from fellow Chicago singer/songwriter Gia Margaret.

Said Isabel: “Many of the songs on this record are talking about more than one event or situation that overlaps or is related to another in some way – when I started writing ‘Horses’ I thought it was different, it’s an apology to one specific person. But the more distance I get from writing it, the more I realize it’s also about trying to understand my own emotional landscape and its power.”

Personal and provocatively honest, Half Gringa’s amalgam of accepting feelings from experience and gained knowledge, drips in this mahogany of passionate notes and lingering suppositions. “What if..” and “Why not..”, both carry heft and gargantuan responsibilities in the thought processes of Half Gringa.

Added Isabel: “It scares me a little, but I’m also in awe of it, in the way that nature is awesome and beautiful and scary. It’s like trying to understand my own nature and honor and respect it without letting it terrify me. I wanted the arrangement to feel like it’s really getting you to run away with it, and I asked Gia if she’d sing on it because of how different our voices are – together, they sound like a lot of the duality I feel inside.”

Her sophomore LP, ‘Force To Reckon’ drops, August 28th.


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