Comprised of Patricia Leidig and Pedro Toro, Almadrava are a chill out band from sunny Spain and they bring the Mediterranean sun and atmosphere right to our stereos (or our headphones if you would prefer that) with their new album All You Left Us. Their debut Northern Winds was released a couple of years ago and it featured techno/new age songs and haunting hazy electronic melodies that you might have heard of if you have bought any Chill Out or Down Tempo compilation CDs in the past few years. Their new album brings us more of their soothing songs but with a high dose of optimism and more acoustic rather than electronic instruments and a strong hint lyrically to the power of memories. This album is highly recommended to fans of Enigma, Deep Forest, Ottmar Liebert or Madredeus.
Whispery, very romantic and somewhat sensual and sensitive yet firm vocals blend in with warm techno loops here, mixed in with lots of gentle classic guitar riffs and subtle drums, creating a perfectly smooth cosmopolitan soundtrack for relaxation without any feelings of dread or deep melancholy. Pure Chill Out stuff with the power to transport you to distant imaginary places and sentimental themes in their songs that reveal to us how a place can hold our memories of it and the people who inhabited it and our recollections of them.
Spanish rhythms are more dominant this time around, even a couple of songs are sung only in Spanish, "Distancia del Mar" & "Suave", with their lively guitars and subtle drums invoke a sense of tranquility one would probably find at a Mediterranean beach, sipping tropical drinks sun tanning with eyes closed. "Souvenir" on the other hand with its male chanting and overall exotic world music vibe brings Africa or a sunny desert in mind, while the violin sounds in "Sorrow" transport us to a late night lonely resort town deserted by tourists and left with only the memory of someone dear who has left it.
"The Way" (which is the first single off the album) and "Your Number One" are very romantic and sentimental songs full of intimate memories. Both songs reveal a certain trust the singer shares with a person by little confessions, the sight of an empty bed in "Your Number one" and the memories of a kiss and touch on "The Way" are enough for Patricia to develop and express those sentiments. "Why" is one of the most haunting songs in the album, the lyrics show us how some people change from our recollections of them in time, "I see you run I see you smile, your honesty when you were a child, oh say what did you do? Cos now in your face and in your eyes I see the scars of all your lies, I can't believe it's you! What happened to you? Which one is real?" she sensitively croons. Not an ideal reunion that's for sure. Another interesting song called "Blind Reverse" follows that track with playful techno beats and some background vocals & ethereal vocalizations, a bit electronic and robotic that diffuse a bit the tension of the previous song and help the continuation of the album with it's varied themes.
There is no denying that we are living in a stressful modern world, everyone seems to be in a hurry, rushing left and right. Work and other responsibilities take up a lot of our time keep us occupied and often times we need a break from it all. Time to reflect, time to relax, time to just breathe and allow ourselves to enjoy our surroundings and just pay attention to the beauty and the people we are surrounded with and just breathe. Music often times can help, music that is melodic, intelligent, reflective, soothing & meditative and that is exactly what Spanish band Almadrava are offering in their new album to those who are open enough to the experience it.
02. Distancia Del Mar
03. Black Label
04. Facing Limits
05. Your Number One
06. The Way
10. Blind Reverse
11. Silent Hotel