Catalan! Arts February-March 2014 Podcast

headphones2A new edition of Catalan Music’s bimonthly podcast in which we’ll be covering all the international activities involving Catalan artists in the months of February and March. Catalan Music offers you all the latest news and events on a happening Catalan music scene, covering a wide range of musical genres produced in Catalonia, ranging from Pop, Jazz, Fusion and Folk to World and Electronic Music. Catalan Music is the brand name specially created by the ICEC (The Catalan Institute of Cultural Enterprises) for Catalonia’s music industry.

We open with a much-awaited album by Mazoni, a band who offer powerful pop with melodic accents and large doses of rock. Mazoni have made quite a change with this new CD entitled, “Sacrifiqueu la princesa” (Sacrifice the Princess) on which the band’s captain, Jaume Pla, has combined his customary electric guitar with a synthesizer. The result is an exciting and thought-provoking mixture of singer-songwriting and electro-rock.

We’ve upped the tone and volume a little to talk about a veritable cult Catalan post-hardcore band who’ve returned after a 6-year silence. No More Lies are a band from the Costa Brava who are no strangers to the international music scene since they began, a decade ago, to tour countries such as Slovenia and the Czech Republic and also recorded an album in Chicago. No More Lies are back with a CD entitled ‘In the shade of expectation’, sung, as always, in English. A work of great intensity and maturity full of exciting and fun sounds.

Jaume Sisa, a charismatic singer and composer from Barcelona, with over four decades of experience under his belt, is known as the proverbial “galactic singer-songwriter” due to the touches of eccentricity he channels into sensitive, imaginative and melodic ideas. He’s released a new album which is a veritable treasure chest for his followers. We’re talking about ‘Extra’, an album  which has recovered historical recordings made at the Canet Rock festival and the famed El Molino cabaret back in the 70s, featuring collaborations with Brazilian musician Wagner Pa and Algerian-Catalan singer Yacine Belahcene. This is a highly valuable document of one of our most popular and unpredictable creators.

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