Das Herz mit dem Kopf zusammenzubringen, Musik leidenschaftlich und technisch zu perfektionieren – Eigenschaften, die Toundra – eine Post-Rock Gruppe aus Madrid – auszeichnen. Zusammen mit dem Flamenco-Sänger Niño de Elche haben die Musiker unter dem Namen Exquirla aber etwas völlig neues kreiert. Grund genug um nach dem Studium ihres ersten Albums „Para Quienes Aun Viven“ bei der Band direkt noch ein paar Wahrheiten zu suchen.
First: Congratulation. You have created an intense and exciting piece of music with your album „Para Quienes Aún Viven“.
Esteban: Thanks a lot! It’s very exciting to hear this from you!
As Toundra you have been making music since 2007 and have achieved quite a lot in the scene of post-rock. Instead of a sixth album you decided to work with Niño de Elche. Where does this idea come from?
We got to know each other at the Monkey Week Festival. It’s a Festival that’s a kind of professional music business feria. Niño de Elche an I did a conference and we discovered that we had a lot of background on common. So after some beers late at night I told to him to record anything together. And this is the result.
Was this collaboration easy or did the connection of the flamenco and the instrumental rock turn out to be more complicated than expected?
No, it was easier than we expected. We knew that Flamenco music and post rock had a lot of common tools as Mantra parts, ambients, and Forte – Allegro connections. So we always knew that it would be „easy“. The connection was easy. The difficult thing was to make good songs together for first time in just a few weeks.
Post-rock lives from the expression of the played instruments, flamenco from the passionate songs. How can you mix these two ways of music and thinking?
Well, I think post rock is so passionate music. If it would not be passionate I could not ever do a post rock song. On the other hand if you listen to Paco de Lucía or Camarón de la Isla that had a lot of expression on their instruments. So back to the previous answer: flamenco and post rock are closer than we think.
Did you compose the music together or did the lyrics follow the final structures of the songs?
Yeah, we did together in 5 weeks along 2016. Everyone of us came to the practice room with some ideas and we finally did everyone.
Flamenco is an important tradition in Spain and belongs to the world cultural heritage since 2010. How open are people to changes in these musical styles and values?
We do not think about this. WE did what we wanted to do. Obviously when you have an audience and you play in festivals and you do interviews you are responsible of your career but if you do art thinking of what the people is going to think about, you, as an artist, are dead.
Protection of one’s unity and the separation from other countries and morals is the new (and frightening) development of many movements. Can a new creation in music – such as post-flamenco rock – fight against this and be a way to bring our countries and people together again? Can such a music stand for tolerance?
Life is wide, limitless. There’s is no border, no frontier.
The Spanish language lives from great emotions and a strong expression. Do you think the meaning of the songs and lyrics is also transported if you not able to understand Spanish?
Of course, We are a country of warm hearts and not a lot of common sense, hahaha., but I prefer this. I would like to translate the lyrics and upload it to the internet but I haven’t had enough time yet.
And something easier: Are you planning to record more albums like this?
Our next step is record the new Niño de Elche and Toundra albums. After that, who knows. I prefer not think a lot about the future. 🙂
Dieser Text erschien zuerst bei Artnoir.