Release date: 10/8/2021.
Limited edition clear vinyl 10” with download.
LINE UP: JAVIER SANZ (lead vocals, guitar and keyboards / Madrid)
CARLOS MARTÍNEZ (guitar, programming and keyboards / Madrid)
INFLUENCES: LALI PUNA, BOARDS OF CANADA, CHROMATICS, THE XX
PRODUCED by CARLOS MARTÍNEZ and JAVIER AGUILAR
TRACKLIST: 01 8,2 segundos 02 chicas guapas 03 chicos feos 04 tú y yo (Feat. Algo) 05 mentira 06 vómito 07 y mariposas 08 mala fama 09 canción de amor 10 (sin estar enamorado)
They are one of the more personal projects to come out of Madrid in a long time. Somehow, they are the heirs to that tradition of mixing risk, vanguard sound and pop melodies, with a taste for a specific esthetic and an artistic spirit that has marked bands like KRAFTWERK, THE RESIDENTS, STEREOLAB, OVIFORMIA SCI, Björk, PORTISHEAD, Ela Minus, DÉCIMA VÍCTIMA, Arca and so many others. That’s why we wanted their debut album to have a physical release in line with the esthetic and musical content. INTERROGACIÓN AMOR’s first album, “vómito y mariposas”, came out on September 16, 2020, when they were still a quartet formed by Yolanda Martín, Daniel Salgado, Carlos Martínez and Javier Sanz. One year later, the project has taken a turn, with just Carlos and Javier on board, and the end of the era confirmed with the release of “mariposas y vómito”, an album that is a sort of reaction to the original, where all of the songs from the original are revised with the help of special guests like SHEGO, DANI, VALDIVIA, LISASINSON and GINEBRAS. But the original was one of the albums that we have most listened to since it came out, here at Elefant Records. It is the embodiment of a cult album, and that’s why, a year after its digital release, we are releasing this marvelous collection as a precious transparent, limited-edition, 10” vinyl. But let’s take advantage of the opportunity to dive into each of the songs on this incredible collection once more.
The instrumental opening track, “8,2 segundos”, spoken-word, ambiance, like THE XX blowing up autotune, starts things off by putting all the cards on the table: this is not status quo, but their ability to get to the greatest depth is astonishing. “chicas guapas” is the hit. Definitely. It has it all. It’s slippery but magnetic. An impeccable, epic chorus that is under cover and contained. After the guapas (pretty girls, in Spanish) come the ugly boys - “chicos feos”. Who can resist a chorus that begs, almost whispering, “Sólo pienso que eres guapo / Cuando pasas por mi lado / Montando en tu skate / Ojalá que fueras gay” (I only think you’re cute / When you pass by / On your skateboard / I wish you were gay)? Playing with the sexes, without restrictions, without holding anything back. “tú y yo” (with the collaboration of ALGO) gets back to the immediacy through synth-pop, much more luminous, open and direct.
“mentira” returns to weaving ambiance, silky textures among guitars with choruses and rhythmic bases that remind us of the most inspired moments of LALI PUNA and BOARDS OF CANADA. But “vómito” is a stylistic leap: post-punk with a thundering, saturated bass, rebellion and resentment, lies and reproaches, elimination. It is a significantly dark song, that stands out among the rest because here the epic genre opens up unabashedly, with devastating consequences for the listener. The answer is “y mariposas”. Soothing, the calm after the storm. Instrumental, evocative. Like when you need to isolate yourself and reflect after having inevitably lost your temper. “mala fama” has a smoother, more fluid, mysterious, deep phasing. The song contains the reason behind the group’s name. Detailed, sinuous arrangements. Hypnosis. Broken rhythms. Goosebumps.
“canción de amor” is a journey to the darker side of relationships. The toxicity. The need for suffering. The rush of making up. The roller coaster emotions. “De cita en cita, me gusta cuando me evitas” (Between datese, I like it when you avoid me) is the chorus of another of the album’s big hits. The closing track is another instrumental “(sin estar enamorado)” that continues developing the previous subject amid noise and turbulence, very close to bands like CHROMATICS and COLLEGE. Because beyond the specific achievements of great songs, “vómito y mariposas” is one of those albums that is an emotional journey, capable of describing a turbulent mood. It has that inexplicable and incomprehensible magic; it makes you tremble, but it excites you and it draws you in. It is captivating.
INTERROGACIÓN AMOR BIOGRAPHY
They are some of the biggest news to come out of the Madrid scene in the pandemic year. And with just over a year under their belts, they have a lot to say. The original line-up of Yolanda Martín, Daniel Salgado, Carlos Martínez y Javier Sanz conceived of the group through musical and visual experimentation, and in September 2020, after three advance singles, they released “vómito y mariposas”, an album with a very personal perspective, from zoomer touches stained with autotune, to hyper-pop, to noise and post-punk, with a surprising balance between the most luminous and the darkest songs. What they have to offer has an astonishing personality that will soon become a topic of conversation in the most specialized circles. They define this first release as a “love letter with autotune”.
Shortly after, they gave their only concert as a quartet via the platform THE LIVING ROOM, and starting in 2021 the project became a duo formed by Carlos and Javier, and the experimentation with new sounds and inspirations began, which will appear in their live shows and in the new songs to come.
In June 2021, they performed live as a duo for the first time in Café La Palma in Madrid – two shows in the same day with tickets completely sold out. We were able to see the group’s personality and magnetism in these concerts, as well as the devotion of their fans and the grandeur of their songs.
In September 2021, their group’s first stage comes to a close with the physical release of “vómito y mariposas” by Elefant Records, which is releasing a 10” transparent vinyl exactly one year after the digital album came out. At the same time, they are also closing this period with the release of “mariposas y vómito”, a revisiting of songs from their debut album in collaboration with artists like SHEGO, DANI, VALDIVIA, LISASINSON, GINEBRAS...
These releases are here to confirm the status being achieved by a band that has been called upon to write their own history, where image and esthetic come together in one unclassifiable offer.
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