“When Pau Figueres creates music he aims to recreate the sensations that the music of his favourite artists create in him, in an intuitive process; letting himself go into rhythms and emotions, leaps of faith take him to a new yet familiar musical terrain. Thus the name of the album, Nada Nuevo Bajo el Sol (“Nothing New Under the Sun”): all the music contained in this 14 track album responds to his particular artistic creative process. In Nada Nuevo Bajo el Sol (Satélite-K, 2018) the guitarist and composer mixes the more organic and basic sounds of the Flamenco guitar, the percussions and the electric fretless bass, with electronic sounds generated by modular synths, keyboards, samplers and electric guitars.
Nada Nuevo Bajo el Sol is more flamenco, more modern, harsher and longer than its predecessor, and stands out specially due to the fusion of styles and sonic landscapes. The Flamenco patterns are blended with funk, trap, pop and ambience, giving birth to fruitful and creatively very rich combinations. In “Nothing New Under The Sun”, which could be considered a rumba, he collaborates with the American rapper Blurum13, and in “Mabiche” the Flamenco Cadence and the phrygian universe go hand in hand with trap beats. In the album opening first track and in “Masars II” the Flamenco guitars are supported by the electronic textures of Eloi Flores‘ modular synth (Winter Modular).
The album also features the brilliant percussionist Arnau Figueres –Pau’s brother– and Ismael Alcina, spectacular Gaditan bass player, with whom Pau regularly performs live; there is also Kquimi Saigi on the keys, excellent musician who perfectly channels the malleability of different concepts and sounds; and last but definitely not least, the historic bassist Carles Benavent (featured in the bulería “Los Lobos”), who was a member of Paco de Lucía‘s band for decades.