NIZA Canciones De Temporada (Elefant 25th Anniversary Reissue 2 x 12" Vinyl Double LP)
ELEFANT RECORDS 25TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE - double LP on limited edition 12" x 2 vinyl with free MP3s.
1. Amor Cúbico
2. Por Las Tardes
3. Parasol [Feat. La Casa Azul]
7. Jamás Te He Olvidado [Extra Track]
8. Solsticio De Verano
9. No Me Digas Que Estoy Sola [Unreleased Version]
10. Tan Frágil
11. A Contraluz
12. Radio Star [Extra Track]
13. Tal Como Éramos
15. Solsticio De Invierno
16. A Contraluz [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
17. Tal Como Éramos [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
18. Por Las Tardes [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
19. Parasol [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
20. Inés [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
21. Radio Star [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
22. Isolée [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
23. Septiembre [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
24. Bizarre Love Triangle [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
25. Universo [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
26. Amor Cúbico [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
27. El Muchacho De Los Ojos Tristes [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
28. Solsticio De Invierno [Live Club Cay, Tokyo 2005]
Part of the Elefant Records 25th anniversary collection - this time we're back with a small gem that was the only full-length album from NIZA, the group formed by Roberto Martín and Silvia Sanz.
Their moment on the Spanish pop scene was as fast and bright as a shooting star, and with only one album and two singles their music was heard in France, England, USA, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan. Their releases sold out at the speed of light, and the rarities, B-sides, and lesser-known works were scattered by labels half the world over turned them into collector’s items.
“Canciones De Temporada” (2002) was such a special album, marked by those two solstices – summer and winter – that closed each of the sides of the vinyl. In hindsight, we have the feeling it was an unpredictable incident, an exquisite earthquake, something inimitable.
Mark Radcliffe played them on the BBC; LAMPCHOP had them as special guests in three concerts in Spain; the first edition of their album was sold out in less than a month; they were at the top of best-seller lists in FNAC after being named “Talento FNAC”; they participated in the Soft Pop Tour in Madrid; they performed with Britain’s TREMBLING BLUE STARS, HARPER LEE, and LOVEJOY; their albums were licensed for sale in Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan.
What they did worked so well it seemed simple, but it wasn’t. Songs that mixed pop with a soul accent, lounge music, chamber folk, electropop and bossanova. Influences like Claudine Longet, Astrud Gilberto, Jeanette, and LE MANS. That delicate and precious pop spirit, with great attention paid to every single detail that makes up the album, is what brought them national and international recognition.
The album credits made it clear that this was not a public secret, but something much bigger: Guille Mostaza (ELLOS) on bass; Eric (LOS PLANETAS) on drums and percussion, Guille Milkyway (LA CASA AZUL) singing on “Parasol”, the Granada City Orchestra giving prestige to the wind and string arrangements, produced and mixed by Ian Catt (SAINT ETIENNE, THE FIELD MICE, SHAMPOO, THE SCHOOL) - recorded in the Refugio Antiaéreoin Granada by Carlos Hernández (LOS PLANETAS, COOPER, AIRBAG).
This release recovers some of the lesser-known work from the Korean and Japanese releases: “Jamás Te He Olvidado” (taken from the “Modapop” compilation), “Radio Star” (the song dedicated to Juan de Pablos, which appeared in November 2004 on the commemorative CD for 25 years of the “Flor De Pasión” radio program, also included on the compilation “Momentos Perdidos”) and “No Me Digas Que Estoy Sola” (one of their first songs, taken from “Elefantdiez” (1999), but a different version).
This vinyl re-release also includes a surprise, a wonderful souvenir: live tracks from their show in Tokyo’s Club Cay from 2005, when the group had already broken up, and where they played their famous cover of “El Muchacho De Los Ojos Tristes” (in the key of electro-pop, which was produced at the time by Guille Milkyway himself), and another of NEW ORDER’s “Bizarre Love Triangle”.
An album that was never released on vinyl and that is now going to be, in a numbered, limited-edition, double-vinyl release of 500 copies. To be enjoyed and, above all, to remember a group that, despite their brief time making music with us, has left an indelible mark.