Catawba College’s Cortez Collective debut single released in late August

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 22, 2016

SALISBURY — Cortez Collective, a blues rock band created by brothers Carlos and Ariel Cortez, who attend Catawba College, released their debut single, “Time,” in late August.

Carlos Cortez was tracked on guitar, bass guitar, synth and vocals. Ariel Cortez was tracked on drums. Taylor Hawes was tracked on vocals. Carlos and Ariel are originally from Jersey City, N.J., while Hawes is from Tabor City.

The track was produced by Ariel Cortez, while interning with Everett Hardin at Harvest House studio this past summer.

The single was sent out to several people before release to be reviewed. One notable individual who had a lot to say about the song was Dr. Janice Fuller, Catawba’s writer-in-residence and professor of English.

Fuller wrote: “In the song ‘Time,’ the lyrics and the music engage in a haunting debate on the subject of time. The lyrics, plain and powerful, begin by asserting that ‘Time it flies’ and end by wishing for time to pass: ‘And the only thing I want is / To grow up / And be something one day.’ But the instruments refuse to rush away from a slow, relentless rhythm, always pounding the downbeat. By the end of the song, the lead guitar explodes in a rushing solo that stays within the beat yet seems to complain about time’s constraint and control, reinforcing lines from the beginning: ‘While minutes work hard / The seconds are slaves.’ The tension between urgency and slow time is palpable.”

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Cortez Collective debut single, “Time,” is available to buy and download or stream at iTunes, Google play, bandcamp, Spotify, Tidal, Amazon Music, and YouTube. Preview the single at the group’s bandcamp site