AA Indie Song of the Day – Claudio Soto – “Mines of Gold”

Claudio Soto is a solo artist from New York. He plays analog-inspired rock music with his own distinct flair. He just finished his debut solo album.

The song we’re featuring from the release is called “Mines of Gold” and it’s Soto’s style mixed with Dinosaur Jr. the song is featured on his new album, Once.

Soto’s high and so sweet vocal is featured prominently on the song and the album and he has his own style of songwriting.

“I’ve been into music all my life and today I write songs more than ever. I get excited when I write a tune that I like. It seems a natural way of expression to me. and I am not planning to stop.”, Says Soto.
It’s a good thing, because we like what we’re hearing so far. Check out “Mines of Gold” from Claudio Soto below:


Mines of Gold is the first ever single by Claudio Soto a uniquely spectacular Alt Indie Rock singer songwriter who writes all of his own monumental tracks. It’s too easy to fall in love with Soto’s sound with his reminiscence to Matt Bellamy from Muse with his vibrato vocal style, yet he did more than assimilate his sound, Soto infused it with Dinosaur Jr style grunge, mixing in his palpable, yet swampy rhythm. I adore the fuzzy instrumentals soaked in reverberation that make this track a truly thick anthemic and bouncing along beside Soto’s strenuously charming voice dominating his heart wrenchingly evocative lyrics. With his music Soto transcended the superficiality that pours through most contemporary music today. There’s no Rockstar grandiosity to his sound, just pure, unrelenting honesty that reads like poetry.

So, If you’re a 90’s Alt Rock fan, I highly recommend you check out Mines of Gold, you can check out the track on YouTube using the link below:


No matter how you slice this, New York-based indie rocker Claudio Soto is reminiscent to 90’s indie rock. There, we said it. But let’s give the record a few listens before we pigeonhole the man.

While the simplicity of the eight track release is very much in the ilk of Nirvana, it would be irresponsible to suggest Soto’s 2018 release is just a really late tribute to the Seattle rockers. Soto brings a lot more than just a grungy sound to the table.

Songs like “In Here” have a continuous but ever progressing molding of music and mind. As Soto finishes his second to last “In Here,” we’re very much reminded of the carefully scratchy monotone of *gasp*, dare we say it, one very unique Kurt Cobain.

And there’s contrast as well. The closing track “Your Eyes” is a laid back, acoustic-laden introduction of Soto while song four “Who Brought Me Here” sits tightly on a fast-paced bassline but still walks 2:45 of fairly effortless rock and would probably still fit right in if heard on any local college radio station.

Speaking of the masses, if there are two tracks to pick here with radio potential, we’ve have to quickly pan the lead track  “Mines of Gold” as it’s an obvious choice like most lead tracks with a fervent pace and hook.

It’s “The Torch” that has our attention the most. Probably the biggest stand out track to us, nothing special or meticulously written, just three minutes plus of what seems like unintelligent groaning at first listen. We can’t exactly tell you what this track references but give it a few listens, there’s just something so charmingly consistent that it piques our soul.

It’s not likely ya know. That Soto will be nominated for a grammy. But this is a record to speak with others about. In its simplest form, this album has teeth. Melodic, mostly upbeat and very carefree, Soto’s “Once” is something that will remain in my playlist.


‘Mines of Gold’ is the first solo fruit by Claudio Soto.

The musician is working on his first official album. Accomplished follower of the analogous elements of the studio, the production “Once” is in charge of Musiclick Productions. “My project is a desire to translate my musical and lyric ideas into a specific work after years of trying to feel my own voice in what I do, along the way I have found more lights that have made this walk very interesting”, says .

With sonority close to the American nineties indie (Archers of Loaf, Superchunk), we invite you to listen to ‘Mines of Gold’ below.

When I was a kid, I was very shy and sensitive. I remember hiding myself behind my sister, every time we met someone when going to school. About being sensitive, my siblings used to make fun of it, when for any reason I cried. I don’t know if that’s related to learning to play guitar but, those are things about me that I remember, along with the image of an acoustic guitar on the wall of my house’s kitchen. That was the instrument of my father and we didn’t know about that, until one day we (my sister and I) decided to open the soft case. It was so interesting for us to know that It was a guitar. After that, I learned some chords and all of me got immersed into a musical world, learning what my dad knew . I became so obsessed about playing guitar that as a teenager my parents were really disappointed about this. They thought that I was doing just that, and nothing else. So, one day I left home and felt really free. I continued playing what i liked. I have to mention that my father played a different kind of music than the one that I was a fun of. My interests were all aggressive and powerful sounds. I tried to learn many rock songs. At those ages, I wanted to be a guitar god. For that, my goal was to practice eight hours per day. Additionally, I went to college to study music. I took it very seriously for many years, until I lost interest in being a rock star. I realized that it was more about a self-esteem issue than a pure genuine desire. Five years ago, I attempted to sing for the first time, and I started practicing many hours per week. Writing my first song was complicated because I couldn’t get the pieces together. Nowadays, when I listen to those songs, I don’t like them. They seem empty. Despite there were real life stories written, the overall approach is very artificial.
I’ve been into music all my life and today I write songs more than ever. I get excited when I write a tune that I like. It seems a natural way of expression to me. and I am not planning to stop.
We only live once. If we love what we do, nothing can stop us.