Guitarricadelafuente combines tradition and avant-garde in ‘La Cantera’ – Libertad Digital

“There goes the quarry,” said the elders when they saw the youngsters go by in Cañart Caves (Teruel), the town of his Aragonese grandparents. A phrase etched in the memories of Guitarricadelafuente, so much so that it has been key in the singer-songwriter’s debut album. The work “has a lot of influence from this place”, he explains during the interview for LD. Call him ‘The quarry’ is his way of “paying homage to the place where I started to play and learn music”, to that “starting point and also back”.

Álvaro de la Fuente, an artist of Aragonese origin born in Benicassim, has put a lot commitment that its roots are present in his career (hence the “guitarrica” in his artistic name) and also in his music (there is no more to listen “The Philippines”theme of this album in which it appears until the Virgin of the Pillar). She has done it even now that he wanted to go one step further in sound.

He has been able to combine tradition and the avant-garde. He has achieved it by “creating new songs inspiring me in that imaginary and in those old scenes, giving them a current context and talking about folklore almost from the present”. ‘La Cantera’ represents -he points out- that “generational change of youth that takes those references from their ancestors to pass on their experiences to the next generation“.

The process of composing and creating the album has lasted two and a half years, in which he has worked side by side with his producer, Raúl Refree. As he reveals, “it has been a very intense and slow process at the same time, I wanted to take the necessary time to create something that really represented me“. Now he enjoys the satisfaction of having achieved it.

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The song of the thousand and one nights

“One thousand and One Nights” is one of the banners of this album. In fact, it was the first advance single from work. But it is also one of the themes with which Álvaro demonstrates that folklore and modernity do not have to be at odds.

“It represents very well the spirit of the album, of the sound… The lyrics have an old-fashioned inspiration and at the same time I think it’s one of the songs on the album that is closest to pop,” he says. The goal was “take folklore to other horizons”.

Delibes’s little owl

His music is pure poetry, so it is not surprising that he wanted to include in this work some verses that appear in ‘El Camino’by Miguel Delibes: “The Little Owl”. “I wanted to include it as an interlude because I think it has a very strong message. It talks about that child who had to go to the city to have more opportunities,” she argues.

“It’s a 1950s story that’s still going on today”Alvaro warns. “I thought it presented a very powerful image of why someone from a place like this can’t have the same possibilities or accessibility to the world as someone in the city.” A reality with which -no doubt. many will be reflected.

Winks to the 80’s

‘La Cantera’ is full of cultural references, some that don’t belong to it because of their age and when you listen to the album you’re pleasantly surprised. winks like him “shadow here, shadow there” of the “Make-up” from meccanowhich appears in “A full letter”. A song in which we will also meet loquillo.

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“The meaning of a full letter is to be something in its maximum exposure,” he says. We can remember how the rocker and leader of the ‘troglodytes’ declared himself a “decent man through and through” in the song “Ugly, strong, and formal”. And Álvaro has wanted to include those influences, which took him back to the 80s. But, yes, the important thing -he insists- is what lies behind: “a love story”.

More details in the interview video.

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