Wild Honey – Torres Blancas

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Format:   12″ LP
Catalogue No:   LMNK59LP
Label:   Lovemonk
Price:   16.00€

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Guillermo Farré, cantante, multinstrumentista y cerebro que se esconde detrás del alias Wild Honey, entrega con su tercer disco Torres Blancas su más sorprendente colección de canciones, que le consolidan como uno de los compositores y productores más inventivos del pop español. En esta ocasión el madrileño contó entre sus colaboradores con Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas, Stereolab), que compuso los cinematográficos arreglos de cuerdas del álbum, y con el genio del lo-fi pop Frank Maston, que se encargó de los efectos y parte de la producción.

Torres blancas es, además del nuevo disco de Wild Honey, un icónico edificio de la corriente brutalista que se encuentra en el norte de Madrid. Durante muchos años Guillermo pasaba por delante sin apenas prestarle atención, pero con el tiempo la construcción se ha convertido en un símbolo de belleza y orgullo de la ciudad. El edificio, y su evolución con el paso del tiempo, resumen dos de los leitmotiv del disco: el cambio y la búsqueda de lo excepcional entre lo cotidiano.

Tras dos lps anteriores (Epic Handshakes and a Bear Hug en 2009 y Big Flash en 2013) y multitud de singles y colaboraciones, Guillermo se ha lanzado a componer en español, convirtiendo su proyecto de pop soleado y toques psicodélicos en algo mucho más ambicioso y personal, trascendiendo así muchas de las influencias que le han acompañado desde sus comienzos. Las canciones de Wild Honey siguen teniendo ecos de la música de la costa oeste norteamericana de los 60, del pop tropicalista o de músicos como Sufjan Stevens o Elliott Smith, pero ahora suenan sobre todo a Wild Honey.

A nivel de producción y composición, Torres Blancas es un paso de gigante en la búsqueda de Guillermo Farré de la canción y del sonido perfecto. Tres años después de trabajar con Tim Gane de Stereolab en la producción de Big Flash, en esta ocasión ha producido el disco en su propio estudio pero contando con otro (ex)miembro de la mítica banda británica, Sean O’Hagan, cuyos arreglos orquestales añaden un punto aún mayor de sofisticación a las composiciones ya de por si complejas en cuanto a arreglos y estructuras.

En Torres Blancas hay guitarras eléctricas con fuzz y trémolo, sintetizadores, mezcla de baterías con cajas de ritmos, clavicordios, pianos acuosos, guitarras acústicas cristalinas, miles de capas de coros, trompetas… y reverb infinita. El músico angelino Frank Maston, al que Pitchfork denominó “un genio del pop de dormitorio” dio el último empujón a la producción usando delays de cinta y todo tipo de efectos para conseguir que las canciones de Torres Blancas, en palabras del propio Maston, “parezcan salidas del fondo de un mar en calma bañado por miles de rayos de sol”.

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Imbued by the touch of Stereolab’s Tim Gane and Sean O’ Hagan, Torres Blancas is a majestical trip back to the haze of ’60s west coast USA

Spanish singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Guillermo Farré releases his third long player for Madrid based Lovemonk Records on May 12th. Inspired by his meetings and recordings with Tim Gane (Stereolab), Torres Blancas is a gorgeous slice of sun-soaked, haze-filled pop music with additional orchestral input from Sean O Hagan (Stereolab, The High Llamas) and effects and tape loops from lo-fi pop protege Maston.

Imagine the Beach Boys hosting a party with The Carpenters and Stereolab (think Dots and Loops) on the guest list. It’s stiflingly hot and it’s all taking place at David Hockney’s ‘Hollywood Swimming Pool’. Torres Blancas is a throwback to a rose tinted era where vocal harmonies and wistful melodies collage and uplift. It profers a sense of achievement lyrically, and through its bold compositions and delicate washes of orchestral arrangements.

Wild Honey is the brainchild of Guillermo Farré and it is Madrid in Spain where he wrote his his third solo album. His previous records Epic Handshakes and a Bear Hug (2009) and Big Flash (2013) were both sung in English. Returning to his Spanish mother tongue has allowed greater expression and was part of a process of coming to terms with a mini mid-30s life crisis. Previous uncertainty over lifestyle choices, city, job, family and friends has, to some extent, been answered. Torres Blancas is not only the title of the new record, it’s also an enormous residential building in the north of Madrid. For fifteen years Guillermo walked past nonchalantly, often ridiculing its presence, but now it is a source of beauty and pride for this rejuvenated artist. A tranquility and acceptance has arisen and Wild Honey embodies this new state of being.

Working alongside Stereolab’s Tim Gane for Big Flash was a dream come true for Guillermo. From being a superfan to a friend and mentoree, Guillermo worked with him in his ramshackle Berlin studio – an enlightening process where he learned nuanced tricks of production and utilised his vast instrument and studio kit knowledge. Three years later Guillermo recorded his latest with another Stereolab band mate, Sean O’Hagan, whose orchestral arrangements added further layers to Wild Honey’s cake-like compositions. The omnipresent vocals are that of Anita Steinberg who has been part of the Wild Honey set up from day one. Additional vocals come from Aries AKA Isabel Reveriego (K Records) in the mysterious track ‘Horoscopo’ and of course, that’s Guillermo’s voice that flows and washes throughout the whole record. LA based Maston is part of a new breed of highly acclaimed producers labelled by Pitchfork as a “bedroom pop genius”. His input at the end of the production process brought in a tropicalia vibe using tape delays, tuning down wurlitzers and as Guillermo notes “creating that feel of music made under the sea”.

A self-confessed film geek who, by day, works for classic films channel, Guillermo always looks back before he steps forward. He has an ongoing thirst for everything retro, psychedelic and pop from the likes of Italian film soundtrack composer Ennio Morricone, drummer Hal Blaine, The Beach Boys and even Katy Perry. Yet it’s the late twentieth century composers that he evidently draws closer to in terms of production similarities and textures – Sufjan Stevens, Todd Rundgren and of course, Stereolab.

‘Desenfocada’ meaning ‘out of focus’ is a song that perfectly encapsulates Guillermo’s initial feeling when he started out writing Torres Blancas. It’s about a woman that realises that in every photo she has of herself, she’s out of focus. Slightly fuzzy in a production sense and meaning, it’s perhaps the bounciest track of the set. Lead track ‘El volcan de Montserrat’ acts as a preamble and intro with piano and vocal harmonies building the atmosphere and then suddenly the title track of the record releases lush violins and violas purposefully accenting the structure of the song. There’s also some gazing at others, notably in ‘Ojo de Cristal’, in which he recognises distinct similarities between him and his old man.

Wild Honey nourishes throughout with a clear aesthetic vision. The tough third album, it’s surely his most accomplished, after tutelage from his musical heroes and now enjoying a new lease of freedom from writing in Spanish.

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Tracklist

1. El volcán de Montserrat
2. Torres blancas
3. Ojo de cristal
4. Mapas de zonas desiertas
5. Horóscopo
6. Desenfocada
7. Leopardo
8. Reverb infinita
9. Acantilado
10. Siguiendo a desconocidos