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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Spanish Indie 13: suggesting the best national acts

More "made in Spain" music for your listening pleasure!

Wiggum. Another discovery from El Genio Equivocado's roster (the label is absolutely on fire ;) this time in the form of an unbeatable named (undoubtedly best Simpson's family) quartet from Barcelona. Formed on 2009, after a couple of changes on their line-up, recorded their debut LP, "Sintón Nisón ama a Nifú Nifá" a year later. Critics' praise, signing with El Genio and touring followed until 2012, when they decided to go back to the studio and challenge themselves. The result is their second album, "La Guerra Mundial" out this month, a shift towards guitar-driven rock, channeling 90s alternative music. Judging by tunes like the anthemic "Amarillo", looks like a gigantic step forward.

Pleasant Dreams. Hailing from Xilxes, Castellón, comes one of the most gratifying discoveries from latest Minifestival de Música. They started in 2002 but it wouldn't be until 2008 when they debuted on Green Ufos with "Podría Ser Hoy". A 7" vinyl came in 2011 followed by their latest reference, second LP "Hacia los Bosques del Sur", out past year. And what a record this is! A very personal blend of shiny indiepop with acoustic pop-folk and more traditional Mediterranean songwriting. A unique sound, as evocative as carefree, as epic as intimate. Not to miss.
Lost Tapes. Pau Roca is what we call in Spain a "culo inquieto" a music "wiggler" (would that be correct?), as the member from La Habitación Roja and Litoral has decided to have another project, together with RJ Sinclair from Tokyo Sex Destruction and It’s Not Not. The band was created last year after crystallizing the occasional meetings in Madrid-Barcelona and the "many conversations on music, films and reads". The result is "Poetry Dates" EP, their only release to date, out since December 2012. Think on The Pains of Being Pure at Heart backed up by Spacemen 3 while going to the movies. Exciting music.

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