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October Overview: Spain

The Panorama Lighthouse is a section that is responsible for highlighting the most important releases in Ibero-America and is published simultaneously in all the media that make up the alliance, thus multiplying its reach and visibility. Every delivery updates us on the struggles in each of our countries, currently going through the reality of COVID-19, and on the news of their musical ecosystems. As we always say, there is much to discover out there. If you want to know what the region sounds like today, this is the place and the time.

Lighthouse is composed of IndieToday (Argentina), Scream&Yell (Brazil), shock (Colombia), Magazine AM:PM (Cuba),  POTQ (Chili), Sound World and Construction Area (Spain), Indie Rocks! (Mexico), Rock Achorao' (Peru) and Piiila (Uruguay). It also works to create original and innovative content, as well as various activities that serve to break down borders and build bridges between the different countries of Ibero-America.

Spain

By Sound World and Construction Area

Already in the middle of autumn, musical and cultural activity is boiling. The end of most restrictions means that tours and shows and that we can reconnect with the habits that we had lost during the pandemic. Added to that is the barrage of new records typical of these dates. In addition, they also revive film and literary festivals. Culture regains its pulse again and is cause for celebration.

The Barcelona band Medal takes an important creative step forward with his third full-length, broken edge (Limbo Starr, 2021), without a doubt his most varied album and with the possibility of exploding sooner or later. Because with songs like Leviathan or Velazquez They have sneaked into our favorite groups of the moment. 

After anticipating hits as Punk and Present, the Andalusians return to take the news by assault with a disc, infinite spaces (Universal, 2021) in which memorable choruses are not lacking and in which the essence of Lori Meyers is maintained from beginning to end, combining maturity and spontaneity, guitars and keyboards. From the start with make you fly even songs like rhythmic The last Dance, Noni and her family have returned to give us one more dose of their formula.

Mikel Izal's band has become one of the biggest groups on the Spanish independent scene. But what is most surprising about Home (Hook, 2021), their new full-length, is that, instead of showing us a band well-off in their success, it shows the concerns of a group that doesn't want to repeat itself and prefers to move to new places without complexes.

From Valencia, with a backpack full of ideas. This is how Jimena Amarillo, an alchemist of bedroom pop matter who for How to tell you, my love, his recording debut, distils a dozen concoctions with an immediate and lasting effect. With authenticity and freshness, Jimena masterfully hybridizes the acoustic atmosphere with the delicate pulse of urban music.

The also actress and television presenter Rocío Saiz debuts with bitter love, a bouquet of pop emulsions with an electronic cut, with an eighties aura, through which he puts the sore point in the degree of pain that arises from personal mis/encounters. Seven songs that reflect the vital state of a person born to question all the idioms of personal relationships based on verve synthpop super organic.

Without being noticed, the Aragonese rapper Sharif has been growing and growing until he has gained a prominent place in the rap scene in Spanish both in Spain and in part of Latin America. has now posted of immensities (Guspira, 2021), a work in which he takes different paths and for which he has had a long list of invited friends. 

They had warned us with their singles previous ones, so we were warned about what we could find in the first full-length of this Sevillian band. Dead on the disco (Vanana Records, 2021), by Karavana, is an addictive guitar pop rock treatise sung in Spanish, with an eye on the freshest sounds of recent decades, looking back with today's vision.

Three long-awaited releases hit Spanish theaters during October: parallel mothers, the most political film of Pedro Almodóvar's career, in which the genius from La Mancha explores motherhood and historical memory with Penélope Cruz and Milena Smit as protagonists; the good boss, a tragicomedy by Fernando León de Aranoa in which Javier Bardem plays a perverse and paternalistic businessman; Y who prevents it, by Jonás Trueba, which more than a feature film is an immersive cinema experience that looks into the lives of a group of teenagers whom he accompanies and with whom he recreates various situations of the reality that surrounds them.

In Matadero Madrid, the first edition of the International Literature Festival Chapter One bringing together a selection of the best international contemporary literature in its many forms: the oral and the written word; poetry, narration, fiction and non-fiction, speculative fabulations, documentary practices and critical writing. Among the innumerable participants there was an important Ibero-American presence with names such as César Aira, Mariana Enríquez, Marta Sanz, Manuel Jabois, Cristina Morales and Javier Cercas, among others.

Successfully –with the presence of more than three thousand professionals– and with a broad Ibero-American representation, the ninth edition of the BIME Pro in Bilbao, one of the main fairs for the music industry. Between the 27th and the 29th, countless talks and meetings were held on various topics of interest to the industry.

Faro was present at the event with a presentation of the media alliance project and with a table on innovation in music journalism.

In addition, there were more than forty showcases within the framework of the BIME cycle City and two nights of BIME concerts Live with performances by Bad Gyal, Trueno, Maikel Delacalle, Frente Cumbiero, Natos and Waor, Chill Mafia, Ana Tijoux and Laura Sam and Juan Escribano.

The next stop will be in Bogotá between May 4 and 7, 2022, when BIME Pro celebrates its first edition in the Colombian capital.

November. What's coming...

Between the 17th and the 20th, the thirteenth edition of Monkey Week will take place in Seville, a great festival for emerging music with more than sixty concerts and showcases.

From the 12th to the 19th, the legendary Huelva Ibero-American Film Festival will arrive with the usual premise: to show some of the best current cinema produced in the region.

The Eñe Festival will offer, between the 11th and the 21st in Madrid and Malaga, conversations, meetings and recitals starring some of the main figures of literature and culture in Spanish.

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