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"Rock right now is what it initially was: going against the direction of the crowd." PHOTOGRAPHY: Ricci Nostra
"Rock right now is what it initially was: going against the direction of the crowd." Photo: Ricci Nostra

Ricci Nostra: "I allow myself to understand the journey"

The Argentine indie singer previews "Fugaces" and "Soltémonos" as part of his upcoming and disparate album between pop and rock.

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Ricci Nostra, the Argentine indie musician adopted by Barcelona, recently released "Fugaces," the first single from his second studio album, called La maldición del amarre, which will be released on June 18 through Party Town Records/Hidden Track.

"Fugaces" is a kick of carefree rebellion against everything established, and encourages listeners to explore and reflect on the new normal. Above all, it pushes us to take risks, laugh, cry, kiss, dance, sing, love and fly, because that's what life is all about. "Fugaces" is rock because it is rebellion with substance.

"Rock in the global scene right now is something complex to define. Undoubtedly, you have to think about it from where you are standing. It is not the same to ask yourself this question when you are English and living in London than when you are Latin American and living in Europe. Rock right now is what it was initially: going against the direction of the masses. Maybe it can be softer in its sound but more interesting in its lyrics."

The song, like the whole album, was recorded and produced at La Masia Music Lab studio by Josep Vilagut and Scarlett, mixed by Daniel Pernas and mastered by Yvess Rousell. If that wasn't enough, it has the unique bass of Miquel Sospedra and the unmistakable drums of Xavi Molero.

The second single off the album released a week earlier, "Sóltemonos," is in the key of a fresh and friendly indiepop, the author raises a paradigm shift. It's fundamentally the bonds of love, starting with one's own and breaking with romantic love.

Following the precepts of Erich Fromm or Julio Cortázar, Ricci advocates loving not because the other represents an incomplete part of oneself, but precisely for being the other.

"I get my inspiration from the street. Meeting people, listening to them [whoever they are], learning from them, everyone has interesting things to say and to recommend. I get inspiration from other musicians. I also get inspiration from my inner world. I tend to live very much on the inside and when I'm there I allow myself to understand the journey, I listen to myself a lot."

New album

Ricci Nostra started as a band and ended up becoming Santiago Cayrol's alter ego in 2015. He did not dare embark on his musical dream until after the death of his father and his migration to Barcelona city:

"As a child I was very shy to confess my love for music but I remember as if it were today seeing someone playing or singing and dreaming of being that someone. I imagined myself there and then I would lock myself in my room to sing. I also remember standing for hours in front of the music store looking at the instruments and wondering how I could get one. Deep down I have to confess that I did imagine myself making songs like that."

He released his first studio LP titled Jinete de Conejos (2018). An introspective, melancholic and lyrical album. Now, Nostra is getting ready to give the world a new album titled La Maldición del Amarre. A work with a totally fresh and different sound than expected, full of synthesizers and electric guitars, and an indie rock album with nods to pop.

When asked about the album's creation:

"It would be difficult for me to explain the preparation prior to the album. I feel that the album as an artistic expression was born when it had to be born. It took time. Time to live experiences, to learn, to cry, to fall, to be so deep in the worst of the worst that only a temptation of laughter saves you, time to love and unlove. No doubt it takes time [and maybe some of us need more than others] to mature all that inside to slowly sew it into lyrics and melodies. I see my growth between albums and the truth makes me want to love myself."

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