Nacho Vegas – Seis Canciones Desde El Norte

Nacho Vegas
Seis Canciones Desde El Norte

No matter how good music is when sung in a foreign language, it is hard not to feel disturbed. It can be so beautiful and yet you haven’t a clue what they are saying. This is beautiful music. On the first track, a slow guitar ballad, a Spanish man speaks gently, with female back ups. It’s sort of like the older Sugar Cubes stuff when the male vocals tended to mislead you while Bjork’s voice pulled you back to innocence. It isn’t typical Spanish upbeat accordion-filled stuff. It’s more emo indie and hip, but again the man speaking in Spanish somehow comes across as disturbing rather than comforting. It leaves you feeling a bit torn.

Because there was no insert or information included with this CD, it took me a while to figure out it is actually a split! Spanish musician Nacho Vegas is quite different from Aroah. Aroah is a great Myra/Frente-voiced girl with gentle guitar-picked background harmonies. Track two, although repetitive in arrangement, tells an honest story and most likely would appeal to female girlie girls. It’s youthful, and she’s got a great voice, but sometimes boys are disinterested by these types of simple things.

Track 5 is very Myra/Cat Power, but very good. Maybe the best track on the EP. Great lyrics, not a lot of distractions due to lack of instruments, leaving you to focus on the vocal track and its story. Sure it is difficult sometimes to get into such simple instrumental work behind a song involving only acoustic guitar and repetitive picking, but I assure you this does not get boring. This woman’s got a great voice that no doubt holds your interest, and it stays sincere and comes across as honest and gorgeous at the same time. It’s sort of like something to put on when you are bumming around in the dumps and need some reassurance and sympathy. If you’ve heard bands such as Baroque, or even better, Sam Jones demos, that would give you an idea of the genre and idea behind Aroah, only Aroah’s voice makes it that much better. I can only question why it is so hard to find information in English on this act because they or she had definitely left me wanting more.

Nacho Vegas on the other hand has a bit of a silly name. The band (actually one person, the guitarist for the band Migala) isn’t silly, and they actually seem very romantic and serious in their song writing. They do not indicate whether there is swapping of band members between the two on this split, but the voice of Aroah seems to be heard in background hymns of the first Nacho Vegas track. With intricate guitar detail and a touch of violin and organ sorrow, they somehow touch you and melt. Perhaps this music is best for a slow song to dance to or just enjoying a moment without talking. There is much more direct emotion in this band’s slower tunes than the band’s one faster tune, which contains the lyrics “baby got face,” far to close to “baby got back.” This song had me itching to skip the track each time I attempted listening too it. Basically if I had to sum it up, this album was completely not what I expected by looking at it, and Aroah alone would have left me pleasantly surprised.