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Songs We Love: Cuco, 'Sunnyside'

The Latinx internet's favorite bedroom-pop singer just dropped "Sunnyside," a jazzy experiment with his signature alt-R&B sound.
As an independent artist who has received tons of buzz on his own, Cuco isn't looking to sign with a label. Source: Abraham Recio

On first glance, Omar Banos appears to be a normal kid. The 19-year-old Mexican-American from Hawthorne, Calif., is a vision in millennial aesthetics: all-white sneakers, long-sleeve T-shirts and Arial font.

And he's blowing up the internet.

Better known online, Banos has made waves as a self-produced multi-instrumentalist and singer, a style icon and whose lyrics have been committed to memory by scores of devoted young Latinas — all as an independent artist. His 2017 Soundcloud hit "Lo Que Siento" has over 8 million combined streams on Souncloud and Spotify, and his twee, yet earnest Spanglish love lyrics earned him a spot on Alt.Latino's. He is this generation's equivalent of driving around to on the radio with the top down, only this time, we're hiding from in our bedrooms.

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