Natalia Lafourcade

Natalia Lafourcade

 Mexico City, The Federal District, MEX
BandComedySinger/Songwriter

Natalia Lafourcade is a mexican singer, composer and producer. Although she started as a pop artist, since her third album she has been developed a more alternative, indie sound.

Biography

Artworks respond to a sum of experiences that inspired their creation. An artist endows them with his/her perceptions and reflections – consciously or unconsciously– through ideas that become alive. Hu Hu Hu is the result of the author's escape and the finding of her own self. Sometimes, it ´s good to forget who we are so we can discover ourselves again as if it were for the first time.
Natalia Lafourcade was exposed to music from the day she was born. Her father is a harpsichord player and her mother a classical music enthusiast who created a method for early music education, which she began to put in practice on her little daughter. After leaving in Jalapa, Veracrúz, her mother later founded a music school in Mexico City when Natalia was just nine years old. Being surrounded with music since her early childhood naturally drove her into it and eventually led her to compose her first songs.
Once in Mexico City she spent her free time in her mother ´s school, playing with the equipment, making songs, radio shows and a variety of home-made recordings using a Yamaha keyboard plugged to a double cassette stereo; applying the method herself.
When Natalia was ten years old, she developed a peculiar passion for mariachis and typical Mexican music... but music moves in mysterious ways, and maybe her use of brass or strings and the colors of her harmonies still draw from those first loves. At the age of 14 years old she became part of a pop girl-band that lasted three years, after all this work she realized that it was not what she wanted and decided to study music properly in a school called Fermatta. At first she began as a guitar player, then as a piano player and finally she switched to become a singer. Although she had already been singing for a long time, by then she got gigs performing hits of the 90s in weddings and pubs.
Everything changed for her after Fermatta, there she made friends who would show her tons of songs and artists she didn ´t know before like Björk, Jamiroquai, Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, The Cardigans, Ella Fitzgerald, Radiohead & PJ Harvey, amongst others. This new music infected her composing, she would never be the same girl and musician again. A few months later she won a scholarship and went all the way to Berklee in Boston for a five week program of musical training; but she didn ´t speak English then, so she missed most of her classes and used the free pianos to practice, there she wrote about 25 songs and she later recorded a bunch of them in Mexico City with the help of a friend.
Three years later Sony Music offered her an opportunity to join a pop band (again), but she rejected it; she had become intent on making and singing her own music. However, getting to know the people in the record company (even to rebuke their offer) wasn't a bad idea, as it got her the chance to show them some demos. And, long story short, that ´s how she singed her first contract with Sony. Her eponymous first solo CD, Natalia Lafourcade, was thus published in 2002. The first single off it was "Busca un Problema" ("looking for trouble"). After the great success of this first record, and the experiences garnered by touring it, she had way too much to digest and think about, and she finally decided her next step would be to make her musicians a full part of her act, and to leave the limelight of the soloist position (partly) behind to form a band with them; calling themselves Natalia & The Fouquetina. This way the pleasure, as well as the pressure, would be rightfully shared.
The second record in Natalia ´s career and the first one with La Forquetina would be Casa (House), released by Sony in 2005. They toured, rehearsed, lived and surfed the waves of promotion and media exposure as a band; and after a while, they came to realize each member wanted different things for the future, and that the best for all of them was to separate.
At this point, Natalia had been working for five years straight; she made songs for films, for tributes, her own music and a whole lot of concerts all around the world. She was exhausted. She needed to find a place that could provide her some peace and freedom, somewhere she could take a break.
In 2006 she left to Canada where she planned to rest, study English and draw. Fortunately, things didn ´t happen exactly the way she expected; she stayed in a house full of musicians; lovers of folk, blues, french music and worldly fusions. She was not used to these new styles. It was all fresh and exciting to her, and once again, all these experiences and new horizons became an important influence to her through her most natural from of expression. And, so, before she knew it, she was already composing again.
One afternoon in a park, in Autumn, she got inspired by the falling of the leaves around her, to make an instrumental record about the faces of love. She wondered if it could be like a soundtrack to what we feel when immersed in the whole cycle of love. She jumped straight to it

Lyrics

Let´s get out

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

Let's get out;
let's get out of here.
Let's get out;
let's get out of here.

The road is melting again
we are all on the way;
we are all on the way.

The bus is running away
we're all on the way;
we're all on the way.
It's following us;
it's following us.

I've got a list of questions for you...
I have a dictionary in my pocket,
it's waiting for your answers.

I've got a list of questions for you...
I have a dictionary in my pocket,
it's waiting for your answers.

My heart is pumping again,
it's pumping again,
I'm trying to stop it,
but it's not gonna work;
it's not gonna work.

The bus is running away
it's making some noises,
the windows are open,
and look at the leaves
are moving again...

Let's get out;
let's get out of here.
Let's get out;
let's get out of here.

I can't run away from you...
I can't run away from you...
I can't run away from you...
I can't run away from you...

Cursis Melodias

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

sobre cobijas construia un arbol
sobre papeles dibuje caminos
que un dia cruzaria contigo
Solia recordarte en las mañanas
que ya era hora de salir a caminar
solia decirte lo que en esos dias
me hacia temer que me dejaras

En el dia de tu cumpleaños
diseñe unos zapatos blancos
te ayudarian a correr las calles
subir montañas las que esten mas altas

solia lamentar todos los dias
que en la tarde se terminaria
solia pretender estar tranquila
y la tristeza no se notaria

porfavor, por favor
solo te pido una semana mas
construyamos barcos llenos de papeles
y escribir memorias
por favor, por favor
solo te pido un otoña mas
cursis melodias cantare
toda la semana para ti

solia lamentar todos los dias
que en la tarde se terminaria
solia pretender estar tranquila
y la tristeza no se notaria ( ohhh)

cursis melodias todo el dia
son nuestra armonia, no se olvida
todas memorias siguen en mi
nunca se termina

porfavor, por favor
solo te pido una semana mas
construyamos barcos llenos de papeles
y escribir memorias
por favor, por favor
solo te pido un otoña mas
cursis melodias cantare
toda la semana para ti

(x2)
cursis melodias todo el dia
son nuestra armonia no se olvida

Hu Hu Hu

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

O la luna entera,
Un pastel, una cereza,
Un papel que tenga letras
O también pinturas para dibujar.

Un reloj que no es de tiempo,
Flores que ponen contento,
Libros que te atrapen hasta el final.
Hu-Hu-Hu

Quiero regalarte el cielo
Quiero regalarte el campo,
Quiero regalarte todo un jardín.
Quiero ver si llueve,
Sólo quiero tantas cosas,
Y te quiero a ti.

Un reloj que no es de tiempo,
Flores que ponen contento,
Un camino largo para caminar,
Hu-Hu-Hu

Quiero ver como te mueves
Quiero inventar palabras
Quiero y quiero más,
No es suficiente para hacer
Que esto vuelva a suceder.
Quiero detener el viento
Quiero detener el tiempo,
Y quiero despertar.
Hu-Hu-Hu

Ella es bonita

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

si no lo tienes màs lo quieres
por què sera?
cuando lo tienes ya no quieres
el mundo no entiende de amores ya
estoy tan cansanda de esperar
si duermo despierto para bailar
y tu no te decides por ninguna de las dos
y tu no te decides por ninguna de las dos
por què sera?
si estoy tus ojos en mi viaje
por què sera?
no estoy me ven por todas partes (ahhh)
el mundo no entiende de amores ya
tu madre seguire escuchando la misma historia en el telefono
si duermes despiertas para pensar
y tu no te decides por ninguna de las dos
y tu no te decides por ninguna de las dos
y tu no te decides por ninguna de la dos
ella es bonita
ella es bonita
aunque tiene mal humor
aunque no me quiere a mi
ella es bonita
ella es bonita
ella es bonita
aunque no me deje ir
aunque no me quiere a mi
ella eees bonita (ahhh)
larala ........
aunque no te deje ir
aunque no me quiere a mi
ella es bonita

Un lugar para renacer

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

Que protección sentí ayer
Aunque afuera vi la lluvia
Me dieron ganas de llorar
Con la canción que me enseñabas

Había olvidado que podía escuchar y ver
Recordé por tí sentí la música
Que protección sentí en el mar
Aunque las olas me comían

Me dieron de ganas de llorar
Tantos secretos escondían
Había olvidado en el teléfono tú canción
Y esta noche tienes más que compartir justo aquí
Un lugar...

Nos hace cambiar de opinión
Tiempo que me hará regresar
Con algo de luz para renacer...

Había olvidado en el teléfono tú canción
Y esta noche tienes más que compartir justo aquí

Un lugar...
Nos hace cambiar de opinión
Nos hace cambiar de opinión
Tiempo que me hará regresar
Con algo de luz...

Un lugar...
Nos hace cambiar de opinión...
Tiempo que me hará regresar
Con algo de luz... para renacer..

Running too fast

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

When we try to get everything
Who can we share with?
When we try to get everything

Whose words are those words?
That you give me in a piece of paper
Whose slow is so your love
If i trying used to have love

My shoulders are to small
My pocket cannot hold
The world
This is to here

I'm running too fast
I'm running too fast for nothing
I'm running too fast
I'm running too fast

Whose flowers are those words
In the corner of your apartment
Whose words are those words
In the air...in the air

My love is getting bigger
My house has any more room

Whose place will this place be?
If we try to get more than this
Whose place will this place be?
If we try to get more than this

Whose place will this place be?
If we try to get more than this
Whose place will this place be...

I'm running too fast
I'm running too fast for nothing
I'm running too fast
I'm running too fast for nothing

I'm running too fast
I'm running too fast for nothing
I'm running too fast
I'm running too fast for nothing

Look outside

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

i decided to go into the wood with you.
i´ve got some tomatoes in my bag.
i have my headphones, napkins,
and your books...

give me your hands
give me your hands boy...
give me your arms,
give me your whole heart!

look, look at the blue sky!
look, look at the blue sky!

i´ve got all your lyrics in my book.
i´ve decided to lay on the glass
and read to you.
i´ve got some tomatoes in my bag.
i´ve decided to go into the woods
and be with you ...

Look outside,
there is nobody
waiting for us.

Look outside!!!

Azul

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

tengo miedo que el viento robe mi voz
tengo miedo que ellos me vean triste
es por eso que yo no kiero zalir

tengo miedo que al baño le abran la puerta
que me vean desnuda & se den la vuelta
& si sigo comiendo me suba el peso
es por eso ke io no kiero salir

Mami esperamee
alejate de mi
dejame caerme
dejame salir

tengo miedo de noche que algien me robe
que se queme la casa o haya fantasmas
escribir mas cartas perder palabraz
es por eso que yo no quiero salir

tengo miedo del dia perder mis dedos
no tener mas amigos que rian conmigo
resvalar en el hielo caer al rio
y es por eso qe yo no kiero salir
es por eso que yo no kiero salir
es por eso que yo no kiero slair
es por eso k io no kiero salir...

Mamii esprame alejate de mi
dejame caerme dejame salir
mami esperame alejate de mi
dejame caerme dejame salir

tengo de miedo de ti & de tu voz
tengo miedo de ti & de tu voz
miedo de que a mi campo le dejen de crecer
flores de color azuuuul

Tiempo al viento

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

La luz envuelve
Mi corazón se viste de rojo
Y revive.
El sol no miente
Cuando amanece
Cambia el color de todo
Se mueve con el aire
Se viste de rosa el mundo
Solo si estas tu…

Pido tiempo al viento
No olvides mas momentos
Vuelven sentimientos
Para recordar…

El sol no miente
La luz envuelve
Cambia el color de todo
Se nubla con el aire
Se envuelve de rosa el mundo
Solo si estas tu…

Pido tiempo al viento
No olvides mas momentos
Vuelven sentimientos
Para recordar…

turururu
turururu
turururu

Pido tiempo al viento
No olvides mas momentos
Vuelven sentimientos
Para recordar…
Recordar

Hora de compartir

Written By: Natalia Lafourcade

y el cafe de la esquina cobra una hora o dos a tiempo
y si termina el dia es mas frio
si comienza todo se calienta
en la cocina los insectos no me dejan en paz
y quieren mas de mi alimentos

Siempre hay una señora en la esquina
en la casa de cosas viejas
tengo frio me detiene la voz
y mas temprano quiero despertar
un jugo mas de zanahoria
en la cabeza un litro de cerveza
en la cocina el refrigerador empieza a sonar hu...

Es hora de compartir el almuerzo
es hora de respirar, caminar
tirando al rio piedras rojas

Siempre hay una señora en la esquina
en la casa de cosas viejas
tengo frio me detiene la voz
y mas temprano quiero despertar
un jugo mas de zanahoria
en la cabeza un litro de cerveza
en la cocina el refrigerador empieza a sonar hu...

Es hora de compartir el almuerzo
es hora de respirar, caminar
tirando al rio piedras rojas

Es hora de dicidir si quiero o no cruzar
la linea que siempre esta en todas partes, en todas partes

nananana..........

Discography

ALBUMS SHE HAS RELEASED:
Hu hu hu Special Edition (2009)
Hu Hu Hu (2009)
Las Cuatro Estaciones del Amor (2008)
Casa (2005) Natalia y La Forquetina
Natalia Lafourcade (2003)

COLLABORATION:
Collaboration as a singer in various tracks (Alondra de la Parra, Ely Guerra, Natalia Lafourcade and Denise LoBlondo: Travieso Carmesí 2011)
"Mamá Tierra". (Macaco: Mensajes del Agua 2011)
"Nos llevamos tan bien". (Mariel Mariel: La música es buena 2011)
"Pajarito del Amor". (Carla Morrison: Mientras tú dormías 2010)
"Quisiera Saber". (Los Daniels: A Casa 2010)
"Largo". (Juan Torreblanca: Defensa 2010)
"Viviré para ti". (Los Amigos Invisibles: Commercial 2009)
"Luna". (Zoe Repilectric Revisitado 2009)
"Mira, Mira". (Celso Piña: Sin fecha de Caducidad 2009)
"Contigo". (El Canto Loco: Radio La Colifata Presenta 2009)
"Vaqueros". (Liquits: Kimono en llamas y el regreso de los insectos 2009)
"Diente Blanco, No te vayas". (Emmanuel del Real: Yo Nunca vi Televisión 2009)
"Young Professionals". (Piper Davis: Various Assets ´Not for sale´: Barcelona 2008)
"Just Words". (Piper Davis & Russell Elevado: Various Assets ´Not for sale´: Barcelona 2008)
"How many, how many". (Piper Davis: Various Assets ´Not for sale´: Barcelona 2008)
"Desde Hoy". (San Salvador: El Bolero Chilautero 2008)
"Estelar". (Capitán Melao: Lágrima 2007)
"Duele". (People Project 2006)
"Jardin". (Liquits: Jardín 2005)
"Ayudar es Amar". (Pepe Aguila, Reyli, Sin Bandera: Himno Teletón 2005)
"Tarde (EclipseLunar". (Quem: Callejero 2005)
"El Apostador". (Control Machete: Uno, dos: Bandera 2003)
"Día de Suerte". (Kalimba: Aerosoul 2003)

SOUNDTRACK
"Amar te duele" (2002)

SINGLES:
"Busca un problema" (Natalia Lafourcade 2002)
"En el 2000" (Natalia Lafourcade 2002)
"Te quiero dar" (Natalia Lafourcade 2002)
"Mirame, mirate" (Natalia Lafourcade 2002)
"Azul" (Hu hu hu 2009)
"Ella es bonita" (Hu hu hu 2009)