Music for a Cold Winter

It’s curious for me that in one of the hottest countries in Europe, Spain, are appearing in the last times a good number of albums that I want to call as a “for a cold winter”. And I am sure that you know what kind of music I am talking about. This kind of albums that you must listen when is snowing outside and you are looking people through the window with your coffee, your cigarette and a good book. And yes I love stereotypes.

My first choice is “Friday Afternoon Car” (Acuarela records’08) of a band called Fantasy Bar, this band from the south of Spain pop’s up with a really astonishing debut album from the well known in the indy-pop-spanish-scene Kieran Stephen (ex-bass player of big indy bands in Spain such “Los Planetas” or “Migala”). This album sounds like a fresh mix between Nick Drake, and bands like My Bloody Valentine or Spacemen3, to mention a few names that we can found into their references.

Fantasy Bar “Friday Afternoon Car” (Acuarela discos)

My second choice is “I love your glasses” (Eureka records ’08) it’s another debut from a new MySpace-celebrity in Spain called Russian Red. That’s something like a Nabokov’s Lolita+a good songwriter+a good name that comes from the color of the lipstick that she uses and not because her political ideas+be in all the festivals during the summer+be extremely cute+to have a fragile voice that can smash your soul.

Russian Red “I love your glasses” (Eureka)


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