...it‚Äôs been almost 10 years since the last Spain record has been released. There are 2 songs on this new release are very up-tempo and even, God forbid, kinda Rock n Roll. A friend of mine told me not to mess up the Spain formula, to which I said ‚Äúthe songs may be faster, but they‚Äôre still in the Spain idiom with song structure, they‚Äôre Spain‚ÄĚ. They are Blues based songs. [Read More...]
...these mood-music maestros wore suits long before Interpol made it cool, had their gospel-tinged death ballad "Spiritual" covered by Johnny Cash on his Unchained album, could name Rick Rubin among their diehard fans, and signed a lucrative deal with DreamWorks Records. [Read More...]
Sono assolutamente d'accordo con i tuoi paragoni. Leonard Cohen √® un grosso punto di riferimento per me...non a caso l'artwork di Devoted si ispira parzialmente a quello di Death Of A Ladies Man di Cohen. Inoltre, adoro sia Portishead che Massive Attack. Ci√≤ che ha portato a questo parziale spostamento verso l'elettonica √® stata la decisione di dotarsi di un computer, di protools e di un controller per tastiera; essere quindi improvvisamente in grado di registrare musica nel mio soggiorno di casa con a disposizione una miriade di differenti sonorit√†. A ci√≤ puoi ovviamente aggiungere il fatto di lavorare con Dan, che √® principalmente un produttore hip-hop con una visione tutta sua di come la musica debba suonare.
Led by singer/bassist Josh Haden (son of jazz bassist Charlie Haden), Spain were among the best of the so-called slo-core outfits to arrive on the underground-pop scene of the mid-‚Äô90s, joining the ruminative ranks of Red House Painters, American Music Club, and Low, among others. This exquisite best-of collection culls 13 mostly essential non-hits from the foursome‚Äôs three-album catalogue... [Read More...]
While not exactly a landmark in the annals of depressive alt-rock, the debut from L.A.-based collective Spain, The Blue Moods Of Spain, was a languid and moody offering that made up in style what it lacked in musical variation...She Haunts My Dreams maintained the same level of artfully-arranged mopiness...I Believe opens things up somewhat, [two songs from which] stand as the group's finest.
When I threw the disc on last night I knew nothing but the Haden pedigree, and was quite surprised to find, after the first two rather nondescript tunes, lurking, furtive beauty and mystery in the ruminative slow-burn alt-rock tradition of Cowboy Junkies, Mazzy Star, Luna, American Music Club, Tindersticks, the Church, with a tablespoon of jazzy confessionalist Michael Franks thrown in for good measure - quite extraordinary. [Read More...]
This is an album that simply exudes swankiness and style. No, let me rephrase that. This is an album that is swankiness and style. Evoking moods of smoke-filled lounges, martinies, velvet suits, and beautiful, sultry women, The Blue Moods Of Spain is about as good as it gets. [Read More...]