“Here comes the booty,” the elders said when they saw the youth pass by. The caves of Cañar (Teruel), the city of his Aragonese grandparents. Phrase stuck in memory guitar, so much so that it became a staple on the singer-songwriter’s debut album. The work “has a big impact from this place,” he explains in an interview for LD. Call him ‘Career’ it’s his way of “paying homage to where I started playing and learning music” “starting point and back”.
Alvaro de la Fuente, an artist of Aragonese origin, born in Benicassim, invested a lot commitment that its roots are present in his career (hence “guitar” in his artistic name) as well as in his music (nothing else to listen to “Filipina”the theme of this album, in which he appears before Virgin of the Pillar). He did it even now, when he wanted to take another step forward in sound.
He managed to combine tradition and avant-garde. He achieved this by creating new songs inspire me in that imaginary and in these old scenes, giving them a current context and talking about folklore almost from the present. “La Cantera” represents, as he points out, “a generational change of youth who carry these references from their ancestors to pass on your experience to the next generation“.
The process of writing and creating the album lasted two and a half years, during which he worked side by side with his producer Raoul Refri. As he says, “it was a very intensive and at the same time slow process, I wanted to find the necessary time to create something that truly represents meNow he enjoys the satisfaction of having achieved this.
Song of a Thousand and One Nights
“Thousand and One Nights” is one of the banners of this album. Actually it was first pre-single From the job. But it is also one of the themes through which Alvaro demonstrates that folklore and modernity should not contradict each other.
“It captures the spirit of the album very well, the sound… The lyrics are very old-fashioned and at the same time I think it’s one of the songs on the album that’s closest to pop music,” he says. The goal was “take folklore to other horizons”.
Little Owl Delibes
His music is pure poetry, so it is not surprising that he wanted to include some poems that appear in “El Camino”Miguel Delibes: “Little Owl”. “I wanted to include it as an interlude because I think it has a very strong message. He talks about a kid who had to move to the city to have more opportunities,” he says.
“It’s a story from the 1950s that continues today”Alvaro warns. “I thought it presented a very strong picture of why someone from a place like that can’t have the same opportunities or access to the world as someone in a city.” Reality, with which – no doubt. a lot will be reflected.
Winking at the 80s
“La Cantera” is full of cultural references, some of which don’t apply due to their age, and when you listen to the album you are pleasantly surprised. winks like him “Shadow Here, Shadow There” from “Make Up, Put Up” from constructorwhich appears in “The Complete Letter”. The song where we will also meet loquillo.
“The point of a full letter is to be something as open as possible,” he says. We remember how the rocker and leader of the “troglodytes” declared himself in the song “a thoroughly decent person.” “Ugly, strong and formal”. And Alvaro wanted to include those influences that brought him back to 80. But, yes, it’s important, he insists, what’s behind it: “love story”.
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