NEW ADVENTURES IN POP 016
With just two demos, “La Mecedora” and “Ultramar”, this Asturian duo formed by Nel and Helena deeply impressed us. Their punk-pop sound is so spontaneous, so immediate and urgent that we needed their first official release to be part of the collection of new promises that our New Adventures in Pop is. The electricity of MY BLOODY VALENTINE, RIDE and THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN, the primitivism of BEAT HAPPENING, the instant shake-you-up of SHOP ASSISTANTS, THE VASELINES and THE PASTELS, reaching a perfect symphony between noise and melody. “Ultramarinos” seems to be directly extracted from “Psychocandy”, where their dreamy lyrics and layers of sound clash brilliantly with the brazen chorus and the guitar solo that is in and of itself an ode to indie-pop. “Ultramar, no te olvides protección solar” (Ultramar, don’t forget your sunscreen). Simply fantastic. “Temporal” is a song with echoes of MARINE GIRLS mixed with distortions, fuzzes and boosters. “Es Mejor” is another brazen A-side, with disconcerting lyrics because of the cultural analysis and irony it’s seeped with, but that returns to a base that is almost martial, influenced by their love of Krautrock, with serves as a support for the layers of feedback and melodies that stick together like gum to the sole of your shoe. “Nueva Ola” closes the marine theme with a freshness that we haven’t heard since TALULAH GOSH and THE SEA URCHINS, with those faded guitars over the insistent drums, and a melody that simultaneously affects your mood and your feet.
Four songs recorded in the Kaiju studios in Vigo, owned by Eva and Iván of LINDA GUILALA, undoubtedly the ideal duo to make the final touches on LOS BONSAIS’ songs, since nobody can understand better than they can the immediacy of their electric and addictive sound, and all of this wrapped up with the mastering of Bill Racine in Los Angeles.
All of this in the most brilliant and concise way possible. None of the songs on the album reach the 3 minute mark. And they don’t have to. Indie-pop in its purest essence. There is no need for additives, or preservatives, or artificial coloring. Simply attitude, good melodies, simple, straight-forward lyrics (that show the world around us for what it is: The sea, the earth, the summer, the rain, travelling…) and all the excitement in the world to show it. This is the perfect presentation for LOS BONSAIS.
Limited Edition 500 copies [Blue Colour Vinyl] **Includes a free digital MP3 download [320 kbps]
Tracklist: Ultramarinos / Temporal / Es Mejor / Nueva Ola
Elefant Records ER-301