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Compilation CD Pop Rock from Catalonia 2012
Compilation CD Pop Rock from Catalonia 2012

New compilation Pop Rock from Catalonia 2012. 21 tracks selected by Guillem Vidal (music journalist), in collaboration with Anna Cerdà (Pop Arb Festival coordinator), Nando Cruz (music journalist), Albert Juncosa (international booking, Last Tour International), Jordi Herreruela (Cases de la Música coordinator), and Albert Puig (music journalist).

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Anímic: Trenco una branca (3.00)
CD: “Hannah”
Author: Ferran Palau

The folk of this sextet, whose members live, rehearse and record in a house at the foot of the magical mountain of Montserrat, is full of disturbing and ghostly atmospheres in its fifth record. Will Johnson, from Centro-matic, venerates them.

10 milles per veure una bona armadura
Manel: Benvolgut (4.15)
CD: “10 milles per veure una bona armadura”
Author: Guillem Gisbert

The most famous pop group in Catalonia over the last decade has conquered the list of top sales all over Spain with its second record. Their songs, which have an increasingly literary style, have become consolidated in the popular imagination of the country.
By courtesy of WARNER MUSIC SPAIN, S.L., under exclusive licence of Manel.

Maria Coma : Tots els colors (3.38)
CD: “Magnòlia”
Author: Maria Coma

The Barcelona pianist moves away from the naïve innocence of her debut in order to build a monument of baroque and cinematographic beauty. The recording was made in the intimacy of her dining room, enveloped by dreams, desires and emotions.

Les ratlles del banyador
La Iaia: Declaració de principis (4.41)
CD: “Les ratlles del banyador”
Author: Ernest Crusats

This indie-folk trio from Vic, in inner Catalonia, gives us the most stunning debut of the season. Poetry on the day-to-day is ingeniously varnished by one of the producers currently in fashion in Spain, Paco Loco.

Maika Makovski: Body (2.18)
CD: “Desaparecer”
Author: Maika Makovski

Just two years ago, the visceral nature of her concerts was a little secret on the local underground. Now, this artist from Majorca, whose father is from Macedonia and mother from Andalusia, is projected as one of the most emergent and forceful voices in the country. Pure rock.
By courtesy of WARNER MUSIC SPAIN, S.L. under licence of Outstanding Records UK Ltd/ Maika Makovski Ltd.

Antònia Font: Calgary 88 (3.45)
CD: “Lamparetes”
Author: Joan Miquel Oliver

The non-transferable universe of the Majorcans does not only not end but rather finds renewed arguments to dream. Joan Miquel Oliver, a new master of automatic writing, graduates in the great art of song-making.

L’Hereu Escampa
L’Hereu Escampa: Consol, condol (3.13)
CD: “L’Hereu Escampa”
Author: L’Hereu Escampa

The great punk debut of the year in Catalonia has not been created in a suburb but rather in the inland counties. With a guitarist and a drummer, the duo from Manlleu appeals to immediacy by means of songs between the Emo of the 90s and the most epic punk-rock.

Za!: Nanavividedeñaña (Marronero Style Cover) (4.04)
CD: “Megaflow”
Author: Za!

Generators of a devilish chaos based on noise, free jazz, electronics, psychedelics and progressive rock, this duo project between Terrassa and Calonge breaks a tradition in almost each one of its songs. The third record has led them to touring all around the world.

Xurrac asclat
Very Pomelo: Fes com si no hagués passat res (3.24)
CD: “Xurrac asclat”
Author: Very Pomelo

Xarim Aresté is the most sought-after musician in Catalonia at present, although this does not prevent him, in the second record of the band that he leads, from getting the best out of an uninhibited mixture of rock, blues and cabaret. This is a new manner of understanding crossbreeding in Barcelona.

Libre asociación
The New Raemon: Lo bello y lo bestia (3.15)
CD: “Libre asociación”
Author: Ramón Rodríguez

The return to electricity and to more gloomy textures has not reduced the empathy created by the songs of the former leader of Madee, one of the most introspective and, at the same time, closest voices in the indie-pop of the entire country.

Fins que la mort ens separi
Mazoni: Per primer cop (3.49)
CD: “Fins que la mort ens separi”
Author: Jaume Pla Cordobés

An illustrious musician from the heralded rock scene of La Bisbal d'Empordà, Mazoni articulates his fifth record with subject matters such as fear and doubt, leaving to synthesisers the area that was previously occupied by guitars. With an explorer’s impulse, he finds new sounds for new emotions.

Tonada del genoma humà
Nico Roig: Autobús buit (2.51)
CD: “Tonada del genoma humà”
Author: Nico Roig

Having returned to Barcelona after some years in Brussels, Nico Roig debuts in Catalan with a relaxed and detailed record in which the extraordinary nylon of the cords of his guitar conjugates exquisitely with the intimate and natural phrasing of his voice.

Paul Fuster: La santa collons (2.28)
CD: “Repte”
Author: Paul Fuster

Half-way between Brooklyn and Cardona, Paul Fuster, an admitted weakness of Ani di Franco, reappears after a silence of almost ten years with his first record in Catalan. The songs are of a great frankness and a powerful imagination and float in an atmosphere lost between folk and rock.

Eric Fuentes and El mal
Eric Fuentes: Hora punta en territori enemic (3.03)
CD: “Eric Fuentes and El mal”
Author: Eric Fuentes

The singer and guitarist from the now disappeared Unfinished Sympathy starts up a band dominated by fury, force and velocity. This is the artistic rebirth of an iconic musician for the alternative rock of Catalonia.

Biscuit: Winnebago Man (3.34)
CD: “Memorabilia”
Author: Biscuit

After twenty years looking for the perfect classic rock formula, these musicians from Vilanova i la Geltrú have found it in the Engine studios in Chicago, where they have created a perfect manual of power pop that catapults them up among the most solvent bands of their style all around Spain.

Escapar con el anticiclón
Manos de Topo: Tus siete diferencias (3.00)
CD: “Escapar con el anticiclón”
Author: Manos de Topo

The pop dramatics of this group from Barcelona increases with the incorporation, in their third record, of lush keyboards and a few more volts of electricity. Their emotional and emotive melodies do not stop winning over followers.

Le Petit Ramon: Autoretrat a les 3 (3.51)
CD: “Brou”
Author: Ramon Faura Coll

With a band formed by a cello, percussion and a guitar laden with all kinds of pedals, Le Petit Ramon dips the urban poetry which distinguishes him in a blues and old school rock and roll quagmire. His fifth record has been made from the stomach.

Romaní, semen i sang
Els Surfing Sirles: Taxista (2.36)
CD: “Romaní, semen i sang”
Author: Oriol Caballero / Guillem Caballero / Xavi Garcia / Martí Sales

Involved in a thousand garage battles in Barcelona, in a frenetic second record the Sirles spit out some songs that exude a very Catalan spirit of humour and an urban consciousness of rock and roll. They will make you move, laugh and shout.

No os creáis ni la mitad
Nacho Umbert and La Compañía: El mort i el degollat (3.41)
CD: “No os creáis ni la mitad”
Author: Nacho Umbert

The second record released by this Barcelona musician, who is welcomed back after the dissolution, in the year 1995, of the beloved Paperhouse, strengthens his position as a portrait artist of great narrative dexterity. The production of Refree emphasizes his distinguished adult pop style.

Producto Interior Bruto vol.1
Joan Colomo: Màgic (1.41)
CD: “Producto Interior Bruto vol.1”
Author: Joan Colomo

A member, in parallel, of bands such as Zeidun and La Célula Durmiente, with his second record the chameleonic Joan Colomo increases his capacity to play a thousand styles without losing one single crumb of character. He is a man with great knowledge of pop vocabulary.

Train to Your Lover
The Pepper Pots: Gladden Your Soul (2.58)
CD: “Train to Your Lover”
Author: The Pepper Pots

Established among the most credible soul groups of the continent, in their fourth record The Pepper Pots perfect a sound that crosses borders and which has excited Eli Paperboy Reed, with whom they have just recorded an EP. They are now much more than perfect emulators of the Motown sound.