Arletis’s debut EP “Indigo” examines femininity, vulnerability, ancestry, otherness, and melancholy love, sharing her story while joining the conversation of the Afro-Latina experience — belonging to two worlds at once.
Born and raised in the Bronx, she was immersed in a rich cultural landscape. She naturally gravitated towards ‘90s R&B. She discovered a love for Pink Floyd. She belted Whitney Houston ballads into a hairbrush… her mother cooking asopao in the kitchen.
The vibrant music of the Dominican Republic, with African percussions and expressive vocals, created the soundtrack of her childhood. At the age of 13, she picked up a guitar and started writing songs.
Today, her artistry weaves in blues elements and experimental rock vocals — it’s not uncommon for her to incorporate a quirky version of Radiohead’s Creep in the middle of an R&B set.
She credits her artistic direction to Etta James, Amel Larrieux, Terry Reid, Diana Gordon, Faith Evans, Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Donnie Hathaway, Sampha, Pink Floyd, and S.O.S.
“Indigo” is set to release this June.