Cabezalí

"Pequeño y Plateado" (Origami Records, 2013) is the title of Manuel’s Cabezalí debut solo album. You can listen to the complete album in Spotify (Cabezalí – Pequeño y Plateado) and you can also purchase a physical copy on the webstore at Origami Records.

Pequena Suricata

"Pequeño y Plateado" (Origami Records, 2013) is the title of Manuel’s Cabezalí debut solo album. You can listen to the complete album in Spotify (Cabezalí – Pequeño y Plateado) and you can also purchase a physical copy on the webstore at Origami Records.

“The sensations he felt when he was playing the guitar, just like when he was a kid, have played a decisive role in this album. In this case, a Spanish guitar which he bought on an impulse when walking past a music shop in Madrid. Its sound, with that radient touch of wood that distinguishes it, is an element that pours into every corner of “Pequeño y Plateado” and expands on to the other instruments contained in it: percussions and violoncello, and a couple of colaborations: Aurora Aroca (Boat Beam), and Dany Richter (El Lado Izquierdo).

At first those details may lead you to think of a self-absorbed and cryptic album, the work of a singer-songwriter whose efforts are divided into codifying his feelings, and exposing his personality through the use of six strings. But Manuel here, sounds every bit as solid and direct as he always has with Havalina. This is logical, if we take into account that these twelve songs have been outlined at the same time, and with the same breath that has led the band up to their latest concerts of their Spanish tour.

What is actually going to catch the eye of those who are familiar with his previous steps is the nocturnal and intimate climate that envelops them, something that brings them closer to Jose Gonzalez, or Mark Kozelek’s way of making music, just to mention two artists that Manuel himself has named in some interviews. This aspect has been closely related to  the way they were recorded and the instrumentation. However that would be the end of the comparison, because Manuel has his own voice and his own personality, as you will notice if you listen closely to the lyrics, where there seems to be a beat between tenderness and the bitterest of feelings. “There’s smoke out there, but inside me, there’s all this light...” he sings in “Humo fuera” (Smoke outside), one of the catchiest tunes of the album. It’s one of the highlights of a solid and comfortable work, which is built with vines that should be able to seduce the listeners that have not yet been drawn to his music, and which is most likely to grow and grow when performed live”

Carlos González [Rockdeluxe, Rolling Stone]