(ER1197-1: 8428846111971/ER1197-2: 8428846211978)
First time as 2xLP. Limited edition green vinyl 2xLP with download. Expected arrival date 4/12/2021.
CD available now.
TRACKLIST: 01 Poderes Extraños 02 El Origen Del Mundo 03 Alta Tensión 04 Disimulando 05 Ojalá Estuvieras Muerto 06 Encadenados 07 Carretera Secundaria 08 Crepúsculo 09 Música Contemporánea 10 Vueltas 11 Geometría Existencial 12 Muero De Amor
Vinyl collectors have been searching desperately for copies of LA BIEN QUERIDA’s albums for a long time now, since they have been out of print for years. Here at Elefant, we are going to put an end to this situation, in reverse chronological order, in March, April and May, and with copies worthy of such a situation.
So, the first to come out, skipping over the recent “Brujería”, will be “Fuego”. Fire corresponds to the south, to the color red, to summer, to the heart. The fire of passion, of love and cholera, fire of the spirit and intuition. As Ana herself said: “It’s an album that talks a lot about a desire that reaffirms life, pleasure, self-realization, freedom. The process of living established by desire. A desire that is not dark or confusing but luminous and clear”. As with the original release, the album will be double black-color vinyl with a fold-out gatefold album cover. Songs like “Dinamita”, “7 Días Juntos”, “Recompensarte” and “Los Jardines De Marzo” make it clear just how great this album is.
This will be followed by “Premeditación, Nocturnidad y Alevosía”, which will be released for the first time all together on vinyl, as the last release in this format was limited to just three Maxi-Singles of four songs each, which later comprised the final CD. It is a major work of art – complex, multi-faceted, dark. The perfect crime, an endless conspiracy. Once again, the fold-out cover does justice to that wonder that reveals itself little by little, made by Ana herself, and on green, double vinyl. “Poderes Extraños”, “Muero De Amor”, “Vueltas”, “Alta Tensión” and “Disimulando” are marvelous songs that have been living in a special corner of our minds for many years.
“Ceremonia”, the album that let the electronica loose, that overflows with devotion to NEW ORDER, the album where everything changed forever, will be released in the same exact format as the original vinyl, with a different cover for the vinyl and for the CD, each made by Ana as the connecting axis, and with songs like “A Veces Ni Eso”, “Arenas Movedizas” and “Carnaval”, which are now included in LA BIEN QUERIDA’s greatest hits. The album will be white vinyl again.
“Fiesta” will also be the same as the original release, with a black vinyl, reminding us of that celebration, and making us think of how far we have come. This is the album that brought her initial success to its peak, and that definitively opened the world up to her, with its great songs like “Hoy”, “Queridos Tamarindos”, “Sentido Común” and “Noviembre”.
And “Romancero” is where it all started. The one that introduced us to her talent, her ability to write unforgettable lyrics that forever touched our hearts. “De Momento Abril”, “Corpus Christi”, “9.6”, “Bendita”, “Golpe De Estado”, “A.D.N.”... 12 incredible songs on an album that is without a doubt one of the great Spanish pop classics of all times. A timeless album that originally, in 2009, was only released as a CD, and was re-released in 2014 as an LP, but the 500 copies made were all gone in seconds. This new release will be on transparent vinyl.
But it’s not over yet; to close this collection of re-releases, we are putting out a very special, magenta-colored 7” Single with her most recent releases: “Un Gatito”, her marvelous collaboration with the producer ALIZZZ (who has worked with Rosalía, C. TANGANA, Amaia, Andrés Calamaro and Jorge Drexler to name just a few), and her version of “Soy Rebelde” by Jeanette, which has recently been used in the ad campaign for “La Prohibida” cider.
2021 is going to be a very important year for LA BIEN QUERIDA and their songs are once again going to light up our darkest days. And while Ana finishes giving shape to her new album, which she is already hard at work on, all of these reissues will make the wait that much sweeter.
In all the good horror movies there is a little twist at the end, a surprise that, when done with adequate creativity and elegance, can leave us frozen in our seats, with a twisted gesture and sunken eyes, amazed, unable to react. We can say that something similar happens with LA BIEN QUERIDA’s final touch to the release of the three limited-edition Maxi-Singles, “Premeditación”, “Nocturnidad” and “Alevosía”. The CD includes the songs from the three maxis and also reveals a cover that is the last piece to complete the fresco created to adorn these releases, and that shows us one of those geometric pieces of impossible perspectives. The final trick, the last move, the cherry on top of the indescribably-flavored sundae.
Having seen the songs that were separated onto the different vinyls like an ensemble, here we have a marvelous collection. The hit “Poderes Extraños” which opens the album with a powerful chorus and makes itself the king of paranormal territory for a metamusical discourse, and at the same time is tremendously suggestive and fun. The gritty textures of “El Origen Del Mundo”, one of the songs that best foreshadows the already well-known obsession of Ana Fernández-Villaverde with love and its fatality. This release, apart from being a huge help to all those who don’t have a record player, also helps achieve a a more sober and compact vision of a stage in LA BIEN QUERIDA’s career that is without a doubt going to leave a mark. The emotional abrasion of “Alta Tensión” and that “Ya no te quiero” leave us literally desolate. This is what terror is. The blender of influences that fits into “Disimulando”, with the support of Joe Crepúsculo and the ability of David and Ana to make room for all kinds of sounds.
The strength of a great song like “Ojalá Estuvieras Muerto” that opens the door to the debate between life and death of “Encadenados”, where a light halo of pop spirit gives us a second to catch our breath. “Carretera Secundaria” could be part of the soundtrack of a David Lynch movie, while that mix of melancholy, evocation, and tension of “Crepúsculo” would win itself a well-deserved spot in “Drive”. The music, always the music: deep down all this mystery was about this, like that pop marvel “Música Contemporánea”, another of the (many) big singles the album has (oh, does this album have big singles!). The spiraling journey of “Vueltas”, hypnotic, psychedelic, playful, and at the same time disturbing. “Geometría Existencial” brings the level of tension up even more. And then we get to the end, represented by “Muero De Amor”, a wonder of lyricism and emotion, precious and magical. There are no answers to look for. Our own feelings are there, and they are the answers that draw our questions.
Seen like this, everything that has ultimately given shape to “Premeditación, Nocturnidad y Alevosía”, LA BIEN QUERIDA’s fourth album, seems like a big game, a twisted plot that was perfectly planned right from the start. And maybe it was. The big question about the future is probably the most latent of all after the many we have asked ourselves throughout this journey, heralded by three sixes (the sixth of October, of January, and of March).
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