Before hitting play last month to begin a one-on-one listening session of an early mix of his exceptional new album, "Wildheart," the multi-hyphenate musician Miguel offered a sort of preamble.
The Grammy-winning guitarist, producer, singer and lyricist, born and raised in San Pedro and Inglewood, described his goal of making an album that evoked not only a sound but an atmospheric vibe, a certain quality of light, an essential Southern California energy.
"I wanted it to be rooted in Los Angeles because it's where I'm from," said the artist, 29, standing at his laptop in a posh listening room within his management team's Culver City offices. "I wanted it to feel like twilight, because it's my favorite time of day. And it's almost the perfect symbolism for what Los Angeles is."