Xabier Badiola


Folk vintage is exactly what we can find in the beautiful melodies and grooves from this great record. Just Xabier’s voice and guitar, with some light and fleeting notes from Regina Luisa Zigaran’s voice. It is enough to complete an album that is probably one of the most impressive that this label has released in recent years. Badiola’s music is just like that, it conquers us, makes us use terms that we only reserve for masterpieces.

The LP’s cover features an enchanting drawing by veteran Eibar artist Iñaki Larrañaga, suggesting the album’s dialogue between different periods and generations. Quoting artists from the British folk revival era such as Pentangle, Fairport Convention, Nick Drake, Tim Buckley from the United States, Robbie Basho, John Fahey or Xabier Lete or Laboa from the new Basque song of the 60s is a usual source for an artist who plays whispered and slightly psychedelic melodies with just one guitar But there are very few (if any) cases where they really produce a minimal spark that recalls the brilliance of that type of musical giant. However, as soon as we listen to the first notes of this album, that magic, that trance-like state that we thought we had already forgotten and that was impossible to reproduce, comes back for a moment. The fragile tones reveal an identification that goes far beyond the simple imitation of a certain sound or aesthetic.

Disc Type: LP
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