Enter Marlango, possibly the best Spanish jazz band ever! Since today I declare myself their biggest fan. Now, of course I've already seen and admired Leonor Watling, the actrice,- wiki, IMDb- playing Alicia in "Hable con Ella", one of my top 10 movies of all times (set to stay in top 10 for quite some time...). Nevertheless- shameful, unbelievable, ignorance- I seem to have ignored Marlango so far... Until now!
But without further ado (very little time), here's the simply perfect song of today, "Madness". Wait, make it song of the week. Or perhaps, of the month! I'll see... An obvious influence from Tom Waits in the melodical line, but nonetheless, a very personal style in interpretation. Lyrics are here. Next to that, other personal favourites from Marlango, absolutely brilliant musical pieces: "It's All Right" (great videoclip and a splendid live 'velvet' version); an awesome "Pequeño Vals" (superb live and excellent videoclip) "; the masterpiece "Shake the Moon" (videoclip version, live- and very much alive!- version, live duet version, with Miguel Bosé); a beautiful live version of "Enjoy the Ride"; "Once Upon a Time" (excellent videoclip); "Automatic Imperfection" (videoclip); Gran Sol (videoclip). Then some superlative songs sang in Spanish- my favourite is Vete (videoclip with sequences from the movie "Malas Temporadas" where Leonor played as well, and a live version). See and listen also to the very interesting, personalized, version of "El último habitante del planeta".
You can also watch some other interesting material with Marlango on YouTube, such as a presentation/interviews with Marlango on Euronews (Euronews seems to agree that Madness is an amazing piece, by the way!) or an introduction/ interview (in Spanish) with Leonor or the "disco del oro" ceremony (with Almodovar present as well).
Muchas gracias, Marisa! Looking forward to learning much more about real Spain, music and beyond. If it goes like this, I'll definitely move there :-).