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Idoia “De amar y desandar” album review (2024)

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Idoia “De amar y desandar” album review (2024)

With a second work we always expect a step forward from artists and Idoia has not disappointed in this one. “Of loving and retracing” it clearly shows that the album is really elaborate and well thought out and it can be said that he has come up with the instrumentation to express the universe of his melodies. He has transferred what he learned to music and has playfully played the Aramaic song after song, as can be seen in the eight songs. Eight songs and eight memories, with the Shinova group at the Circus Price theater Three in Basque, five in Spanish.

It is worth mentioning that of Shinova, because the story told in the song ‘Nueve de febrero’ is set there. Idoia went on stage with the Shinovakos to sing the song ‘Gigantes’ at the Circus Price theater. Well, the artist from Aramaio started such an inner reflection and from there he started his new work. Hammond, winds, fragile vocals and beautiful choruses, the song has it all.

On the other hand, ‘Autofiction’ is the story of what happened in front of the mirror. The song with the words of Maria Oses has very tribal rhythms, South American, although the tambourine gives everything a western touch. It is followed by the song ‘Momo’, based on Michael Ende’s book. Although it has a touch of electronica, it is an atmospheric song, which is greatly enhanced by the presence of the bass, although the piano and the acoustic guitar have the most prominence. In the song Idoia, he is talking about a flowering and taking care of those flowers, because that is what is told in the album, a flowering process.

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The song ‘Sarearena’ has strings, accordion and the collaboration of Haritz Olaeta. It is perhaps the song with the most continuity from the previous album ‘Ilun et abar’, but Idoia has been playing with the rhythm, stealing the beats. He has also created something like a canon in the song. And the ones after that are in Spanish. Being an album linked to memories, ‘La castellana’ is a prominent example of this. Twelve-string guitar, shells, accordion again, the imagery of Castilian music… it all accumulates, because here Idoia records his experiences on the Castilian side. It is a song dedicated to the family.

He set Elvira Sastre’s words to music for the song ‘Mi vida huele a flor’. Sastre is from Segovia and Idoia gave the song the shape of a tango or a bolero. For a moment Ravel’s classic ‘Bolero’ also came to mind. The moment the strings come in, the song becomes beautiful, that moment embodies the blossoming it speaks of.

We jump to Colombia, however, in the song ‘Un último baile bajo el aguacero’. The young Arab musician also had musical experiences during his trip to that country and he brought what he learned there to us in this song. Amazonia, the foothills of the Andes mountains and the Caribbean have somehow been combined here, we travel to the universe of artists like Carlos Vives by Idoia.

To close the album, on the other hand, ‘Calma’. A bare song with only classical guitar and vocals. He even recites to us, dryly. It is a song that closes a circle and absolutely necessary to understand the concept of ‘De amar y desandar’. Because we walk the path, but we have to know how to learn and unlearn. Idoia has live shows, the first was in Eibar. Everyone who attends is sure to enjoy it as much or more than the album.

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