For her Scandinavian tours Elena Setién will be joining forces with Girls in Airports member Victor Dybbroe on percussion and Anders Filipsen of Traveling Tribes on keyboard to perform music from her new release Dreaming of Earthly Things.
With her background as singer/songwriter of the experimental pop duo Little Red Suitcase, lead singer of indie band Krag Talk, and member of the acclaimed improv jazz group The Black Nothing, Elena Setién has a sharp and unbridled talent for mixing the language of experimental improv and traditional pop songwriting.
The new release, 'Dreaming of Earthly Things' is full of catchy melodies and lyrics, while the arrangements and production utilize textures from the improv jazz scene, all together creating a striking narrative that captivates.
Elena Setién is originally from Spain but was living in Copenhagen from 2002, where she studied at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory and was involved in many diverse musical projects. However, recently she moved back to the Basque Country with her husband and children. The album was created there with the help of quite a few people including Spanish drummer Karlos Arancegui, Hammond organist Mikel Azpiroz, and the acclaimed American engineer, Joe Lambert, responsible for the mastering.
The contrast between an appreciation for Scandinavian music and the influence of the Spanish local environment is a continuous thread throughout 'Dreaming of Earthly Things'.
"This collection of songs is very influenced by movement, a sense of change. I've been away from Spain for 19 years and have just now returned - it's a huge shift, as one might hear in the music," says Setién.
The album's 12 tracks is like a journey around Setién’s universe, one that is both dreamy and abstract, while keeping a strong focus on the structure of songwriting, her deftly crafted melodies connecting one to consciousness. This comes out of the Spanish musician being greatly inspired by the Danish music culture, which is characterized by a different kind of depth, airy and full of reverb, being in contrast to the Southern European, more bombastic way of making music.
"Only when I moved back to Spain, could I see the music from the outside - how things deviate in Scandinavia compared to southern Europe. There is more mystery in the Nordic, which I think is exciting. It is much clearer to me now, when it's all from a distance," says Setién.
"It's almost a cultural and temperamental difference reflected directly in sound."
"The music covers the different tempers that the North and the Iberic peninsula mirror: it's airy, melodic, weird and edgy; original and absolutety worth listening to."
Ivan Rod, Gaffa - Denmark
"The very well recorded album shows a technically and musically first class artist with 12 songs which are edgy (in the sense of unique) and catchy at the same time and ranging between pop, chanson and some jazz influences. Listen in!"
FL, HiFiStars - Germany
"… one of the most stimulating albums of 2016… her magnificent voice is so evocative it connects with Joni Mitchell, Siouxi, Bjork and Joan As a Police Woman all at once! Splendid melodies, not conventional but always magnetic with tracks that instantly become classics…” - Ricardo Aldarondo, Rockdelux - Spain
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