Coral Gables is the project of Cuban-American singer-songwriter Erik Beruvides based out of Denton, Texas. Coming from a background of musical grandmothers, he was naturally drawn to the diverse music that played in his childhood home in Lubbock, Texas, from Celia Cruz to Juan Luis Guerra and Abba to The Cars. He draws upon the music passed down by his family, while being shaped by the music he discovered with friends, such as Radiohead, Sufjan Stevens, and The Magnetic Fields, among others.
Still Alive is Coral Gables’ debut album, which portrays a segment of his life where everything fell apart and his search to make sense of how to move forward. Musically, the album draws inspiration from the likes of Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Talk Talk to Radiohead, TV On The Radio, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, while also incorporating Latin music influences from Coral Gables’ Cuban background to create a unique and interesting blend that stands out as his own.
Speaking further on the album, Coral Gables says, “Still Alive is my way of processing the past and creating a new path for my life. Leading up to 2019, I had several difficult life circumstances: unemployment, an empty bank account, family disagreements, fickle friends, religious abuse by people and institutions – and then the pandemic hit in 2020. I made the decision during the pandemic to write and record an album that describes my journey through loss, suffering and acceptance.” Still Alive is available to buy/stream now on all platforms: https://coralgables.lnk.to/stillalive.