I wasn’t planning on too many concerts this week as I’ll be heading to a festival in Germany this afternoon, but then I saw the announcement of Spain in Vera and I was intrigued. As my girlfriend lives in Barcelona/Spain the name caught my eye and after listening to some songs on Youtube I was sold: I’m going to Spain!
The concert was magnificent. In the biographies and reviews I’ve read a lot about ‘dream pop’ and slowcore as defining styles and I can see that for most of the part. The music of Spain is gentle and will do perfectly well for a lovely summer evening, but with a hint of disturbance to keep your from dozing off too far.
In that way the ‘dream pop’ part has some dark edges that pull you in. Josh Haden is at the core of the band. I’m a bit bummed I can’t find the drummers name, but on guitar and backing vocals Josh had Kenny Lyon with him who also worked on the latest album of Spain. As I understand it Josh Haden is Spain and the rest of the line up can change.
The band is promoting a the newly released album Carolina and so many of the songs played are from this new album. For me it’s all new, but it sounds really really good. Traces of jazz and blues are definitely there (Josh comes from a musical family and is son to the jazz contra bass player Charlie Haden). The whole band is absolutely pouring with craftsmanship. The sound is awesome and though they never fly of the handle, they balance extremely well on the edge.
I enjoyed the concert very much, a great new musical discovery. They were here once before in 1995 I think, let’s hope it won’t take them so long to come here again…