Four years have flown by since local Latin pop force Gina Chavez's sophomore Up.Rooted. In between grew critical acclaim and nuptials with longtime partner Jodi Granado. Lightbeam thus offers a sleek, unrelenting capture of big, big love. The soulful EP finds Chavez swapping acoustic for electric guitar alongside keyboardist David Boyle and joined by A-list drummer Conrad Choucroun and White Denim bassist Steve Terebecki. Showcasing R&B, "It's Hard to Love a Woman" lays out persistent promises to her counterpart in blues-backed buoyancy. "Heaven Knows" accompanies footage of the ceremony complete with "love is love"-emblazoned maracas, which repeats in the steamy track's refrain. Via Pharrell-compatible disco adornments, "Let It Out" unleashes on the dance floor. In five varied tracks, exclusively available at Waterloo Records, Chavez breaks new ground.
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