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Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain | INDIE

Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain | INDIE
Band Pop Folk


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record label: HAPPY PLACE


Feeling a bit camera shy


This is the first album by Mar Merino with the production of Paco Lamato (Bikini Red y la Fábrica de Colores). In a national independent music scene that makes efforts to sell us the most cheesy folk version of Alice in Wonderland, sweet female pop, nun-like chords, innocent eyes, huge acoustic bass guitar, we are very welcome that Lovely Rita dares with such a sour and intense repertoire. So mature.
Mar Merino ex-keyboard player of Tarik y la Fábrica de Colores, has nothing to prove about her enviable musical training, which she displayed previously with two other bands. In this debut album we find references to Brian Eno, PJ Harvey ("I'm Gone '), Bowie (she dares to make a cover of “Heroes” and she makes it well as few) , The Hollies (" The Summer'), the Memphis blues (' Old Man ') or Neil Young ('Sweet Water Dream'), but we also make mention to the musical skills that allow Lovely Rita to prove that there is life beyond the foolish melodies and arpeggios that are making Spanish indie (independent) music, especially that played by female voices, become a sort of Disneyworld, supported by legions of sad modern young people, of the kind of those who step back before a concert by Nick Cave. Its more than enough to see her play her Fender Coronado Guitar from the late 60’s, plugged into a Fender Deluxe from the same period, to realize that we are before something really genuine.
The production, by Paco Lamato (Tarik y la Fábrica de Colores y Bikini red), is as domestic as brilliant, and shows that for certain products, it is not necessary to send the artist to a cold and expensive studio to record her songs in no time, where creativity can often be marred by the lack of a suitable environment