By Amanda Nordqvist
In a hurricane of emotion and musical intrigue, 21-year-old Sergio Diaz de Rojas’ first album has the ability to truly open your eyes to the possibilities of art, mixing hopeful poetry with both vivid and, at times, intricately minimalistic compositions – it seems a narration of his world, an outstretched hand welcoming you to follow him, and to simply listen.
While being Sergio’s first ever real project, Unsaid Words is no mere album – it works more as a platform, inviting and inspiring other forms of art to collaborate. He uses poetry written by Falon Blanchard as gateways into different parts of the album, a glorious way to put into words what his pieces convey, and a careful break in the flow of his music. Delightful illustrations by Flora Cecilia Elsa Liedgren add yet another dimension to Sergio’s album, laying down just another piece of the grand puzzle that Unsaid Words truly is.
The introductory poem, Overture, an ode to the miracle of music, quickly leads into the silently cheerful Serendipity. It’s a beautiful piece, brimming with a shy desire to explore, with homely background noises offering a peaceful environment for the listener to get lost in. The theme continues as Sergio incorporates the sound of the ocean in his following piece, Calmness – and its title sums it up quite perfectly.
Throughout the album, Sergio’s love of the arts shines through so clearly, it’s blinding. The utterly captivating piano, supported by the heartbreakingly beautiful song of the cello, paired with the everyday noises of (what one can assume is) Sergio’s life, adds up to an undeniably compelling album. Ending with two strong, romantically dramatic pieces, Unsaid Words truly leaves nothing unsaid.
With his first album, Sergio has managed to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with, and could truly have a great impact on the way we view art today – inviting us to allow the arts to be more than just one solid thing. Unsaid Words is likely to be the first of many, many things to come from this young artist, and I, for one, can’t wait.