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Carla Morrison, ‘Amor Supremo’

Beyond fans of Latin pop, Carla Morrison is still something of a best-kept secret. The singer-songwriter, who grew up in Baja California, is a leading light in Mexico’s alternative-pop scene, with a pair of Latin Grammys already under her belt for her debut, 2012’s “Déjenme Llorar” (“Let Me Cry”). But her music, an emotional powder keg of lyrics that typically address heartache, taps into truths that transcend genre and language. “Amor Supremo” (“Supreme Love”) is her most sumptuous recording yet, an extended exhale of lovelorn melancholy against a backdrop of glacial synths, murky guitar lines, vaporous percussion, and Morrison’s luminous vocals. It’s a deeply engrossing listen that sounds as if the album, warm and resonant, was recorded in a sanctuary. The opening “Un Beso” is Morrison at her widescreen best, loosing a wail that pierces the hymnlike cacophony around her. A distorted trace of 1960s girl-group pop seeps into “No Vuelvo Jamás,” while “Yo Vivo Para Tí” and “Mil Años” will appeal to fans of Lana Del Rey’s humid torch songs. No knowledge of Spanish required. Just listen.

ESSENTIAL “Un Beso”

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