Throughout the collection, Y La Bamba frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza returns to themes of searching and metamorphosis. On one level, this is born from the continued exploration of her identity as a Mexican woman. Both of Mendoza's parents grew up in Mexico – Luz was born in San Francisco, then brought up in a strict Catholic household in Southern Oregon. She spent her childhood summers playing in the orchards of California's San Joaquin Valley with her cousins, and it was there that she soaked up the melodies and stories that were being told through traditional folk songs with three-part harmonies.
These are sounds that remain a vital building block of the songs on Ojos Del Sol, an album which she says represents "a celebration of family and community." From the intimate, contemplative verses of the Spanish-language title track to the revelations delivered over the loping beats of "Ostrich," this is an album that's painstakingly produced while remaining emotionally raw.
"Delightfully tweaked Mexifolk brings Luz Elena Mendoza ever closer to being crowned the Latin-rock Feist. – Spin