Native of Barcelona, Nacho Umbert was the lead singer and songwriter of the cult Spanish band Paperhouse, whose only album - remarkably titled “Adiós” [Goodbye], recorded and produced by Kramer in his Noise-NJ Studios in 1995 - is still considered one of the most unique and unclassifiable records of the 90s domestic independent scene.
Nacho Umbert returns to the spotlight after almost fifteen years of silence, with a totally different approach to music and a preference for chamber-pop, bossa-nova and acoustic structures, giving shape to ten short stories featuring everyday heroes disguised as common people.
Nacho Umbert maintains very simple structures as the basis for new compositions, all produced by Raül Fernandez (Refree). In his previous band Paperhouse his filtered voice was used as another instrument, but this time there is a commitment to the importance of recited texts, accompanied by subtle arrangements. The songs are about stories. The stories are about songs. And the production accentuates this idea, framing landscapes and capturing emotional miniatures with high-powered instrumentation.
Pop and poetry as the non-hip hip equivalent of The Streets. But in Nacho Umbert’s case, it’s the streets of Barcelona and the urban wisdom of its many inhabitants.
Sounds like: M. Ward after spending the whole summer between Barcelona and the Costa Brava / Joao Gilberto / Bill Callahan / John Martyn / Herman Düne / Randy Newman
released 09 March 2010
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