Melenas | Melenas (Dagger Danger Colored Vinyl)
- Cat: TIM167
- Release Date: 11/26/2021
- Limited Edition “Dagger Danger” Bloody Swirl Clear Vinyl
Pamplona, Spain’s Melenas 2017 debut album came like a shot in the dark! A
breath of fresh air upon its release in Spain, the album went on to sell through two
pressings, with copies barely making outside of Europe (much less their home
country of Spain). Trouble In Mind is honored to be reissuing Melenas’ eponymous debut album for a fresh new audience wowed by the group’s 2020
sophomore effort “Dias Raros”.
Kicking off with the buzzing bassline of “Cartel de neón”, Melenas debut aims
straight for the indie rock pleasure centers; guitars jangle, synths buzz & drums
pound, hitting the listener like a ray of sunshine piercing the clouds. The quartet
has a knack for catchy tunes that straddle the line between joyous rapture and
poignant melancholy without ever seeming rote or cliché, be it either in a rousing
chorus or a hummable melody (see the melancholic “Gira” or the yearning “Una
tras otra”). Tunes like “Tú me haces lo mismo” or the boisterous “Sales” inject a
shot of adrenalin into their pop narcotics, it’s garagey organ soaking the song in
sound, while others like side two’s “¿Dónde estás?” skip along like a lost Go-Betweens track & closing tune “Una voz” rolls in like the triumphant closing credits to
a lost indie film, showcasing the group’s transcendant vocal harmonies.
Melenas’ debut album showcases a band fully-formed from note one; united in
vision & execution, “Melenas” is a stirring and vital debut from a group just
getting started. Expect more from Melenas in 2022, but for now revel in the joy
that is their introduction to the world!
Melenas’ debut is (re)released on compact disc & the first vinyl pressing is on
limited “Dagger Danger” clear vinyl with wisps of red “blood splatter” mixed in.
1. Cartel de neón
4. Una tras otra
7. ¿Dónde estás?
8. Tú me haces lo mismo
10. Una voz