Written by Antoine Karsenty
Lois, the Madrid-based artist behind the aptly named EP Bedroom Recordings, is joining a growing list of young Spanish artists making a name for themselves across the Atlantic. Having been signed less than four months after the release of his debut EP, he stands opportunely at the junction between this fledgling Spanish Armada and the steady growth in audience for self-produced bedroom pop (Twin Peaks, OnlyReal, Jimmy Whispers).
The product of a lost job, a “few hours of sleep and four-track machine,” the two-track EP showcases the artist’s versatility as he tries to add his own “weirdness and personal touch” to pop music. Recording with a “shitty Jaguar, hundred-dollar bass, [and] Fender amplifier,” the songs feature a far more stripped-down sound than the music put out by his previous project Trajano! And he makes sure to capitalize on this analog technology, using the tape machine’s pitch wheel or slider to manipulate the opening guitar line on “Before You.” Here, the electric surf guitar tones serve as a warm backdrop for Lois’s melting vocal lines (arguably the highlight of the EP), which alternate between playfully baritone and old-school croon. The lyrics, meanwhile, seem influenced by the romance of classic fifties ballads and doo-wops (near the end of “Before You,” he sings, “You’re cool enough to be my love, your looks are great but don’t get this in the wrong way... Let’s dance first”).
We got the opportunity to ask the artist a few brief questions about his music and future plans.
Rare Candy: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Lois: Mmmm... I'm from the north of Spain, Galicia, and that's important I think. Also have been into music since I was a little kid. I've been living in Madrid for the last five years.
RC: How obsessive are you with how a track has to sound?
Lois: Not at all, actually. I love the vibes that a first-take sends me. And that's why I choose tape, it's kind of tricky to make a lot of takes. So you should have a kind of final idea in your mind from the beginning of the recording
RC: What kind of equipment are you using to record with?
Lois: My shitty Jaguar, a hundred-dollar bass, a Fender amplifier, some pedals, a drum machine from Roland, a Fostex eight-track tape machine and an Akai four-track tape machine
RC: How does your live show differ from your recorded material?
Lois: I just started playing with a band, drums and bass. It's probably a more rock’n’roll sound than the recorded songs.
RC: How does a musician survive in Madrid in 2015?
Lois: Having another job. I try to survive working as a designer and the little money that gigs give me.
RC: Why do you sing in English?
Lois: Well I've grown up listening English and North American music. Most of the artist I love sing in English. So It's familiar to me. I don't feel like it’s weird at all.
RC: Do you have any new material coming out soon?
Lois: We are working on new stuff all the time so it won't be long until a new single or EP will be released.
Bedroom Recordings is available for download at Lois' Bandcamp.