“It’s not that members of Los Lobos are dwelling on their mortality, but the Los Angeles rockers are certainly aware that time is passing on the new song by Los Lobos “Gates of Gold,” premiering today on Speakeasy.
The tune opens with a flurry of mandolin and acoustic guitars before settling into a slow, earthy shuffle that slides alongside singer and guitarist David Hidalgo’s distinctive voice. Maybe it’s the photo on the album cover, but the song seems bathed in a golden light that gives warmth to the existential, and largely unanswerable, questions Los Lobos pose in the song.
“What came to mind was the idea of journey in all its shapes and forms. The path of the immigrant and he looks at a new land on the horizon with all its promises. The endless quest for life’s meaning in the spiritual sense, what lies beyond our mortal existence,” drummer Louie Perez says. “The question of what the future may bring for this band as we stare down 42 years coming this fall.
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