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CORAZON is Carlos (vocals) and Nando (vocals, guitar and electronic beats), a romantic pop couple that, before they even had a record out, had already a ton of faithful fans. Among them, people like Radio 3's DJ Juan de Pablos or Guille Milkyway from fellow Elefant Records labelmates La CASA AZUL.
They met in February 2001 in Padova (Italy), while studying Psychology with an Erasmus grant. Soon they started writing songs with the only help of a guitar. This is how their first songs, like "María del Mar" or "Esto ya no es lo que era", were born: two voices and a guitar are enough to build the most beautiful and delicate pop songs.
In the summer of 2002 they decide to record a demo at a friend's, with only a Playstation and a four-track recorder. The recording will be called "Garabatos".
In October 2002 they moved to Madrid and sent the demo to their favourite record labels and radio shows. It doesn't take long until they get the unconditional support of top radio shows as "Flor de pasión", "Toxicosmos" and "Viaje a los sueños polares", thanks to which they start collecting their first successes among the most curious fans. In this latter show they are awarded with the best year's demo award according to the listeners, as well as the best newcomer band in 2002 according to the radio conductors. They are also supported by fanzines as "C is the heavenly option" and "Le Touriste", among others; and for this last one they record a song for their tribute CD to Spanish new wave.
Due to all this movement, the label from Barcelona Annika is quickly interested in them and decides to add them to its project.
On March 28th 2003 they make their live debut supporting MILKYWAY (Guille from LA CASA AZUL's parallel project) at Madrid's Sala Barbarella. From then on, they start playing sporadically in Madrid's Sala Siroco, invited by Juan de Pablos to the mythical parties hosted by his radio show.
In the summer that same year they record a second demo, titled "Jugando con el corazón (playing with the heart)", which they decide not to distribute since they would very soon start recording their awaited debut album.
In December 2003 they are invited to contribute to the CD Tribute to FAMILY, distributed along with Rockdelux magazine to all its readers.
After some internal changes in the Annika label, recording dates are delayed until the summer of 2004, ending at least in March 2005. In May that same year, Annika ceases to exist and CORAZON join the Elefant Records roster, where "Melodrama" is finally released.
After the fuss caused by their arrival into the Spanish independent scene, at least we can introduce you to "Melodrama", the debut album by romantic pop duo CORAZON, which shows a surprisingly mature sound for such young artists, and plenty references which make you think of an immaculate good taste: VAINICA DOBLE, SOLERA or José y Manuel, if we talk about Spanish music; Françoise Hardy, Lady and Bird, KINGS OF CONVENIENCE, Simon & Garfunkel or Nilsson, on the international side.
Eleven songs that have been eagerly waited for by many of us, among which we find their early hits in the Spanish indie scene as their hymn “No quiero cambiar”. Recorded in Valencia with top producer Dani Cardona, the album shows the support and help of many of the best Spanish pop acts, such as SERPENTINA, PARADE, LA CASA AZUL, LOS MAGNETICOS, Sir Edward, etc... The first seconds of the album start with the sound of a transistor radio looking for a station; of course, it stops when it finds "Radio Corazón (102.5 FM)". The song starts with a keyboard sound that reminds us very much of LA CASA AZUL, but soon a church-like organ comes in and we enter a passage that tends more towards SOLERA or José y Manuel. The chorus goes back to the light synth-y pop sound, and by the time the moog solo arrives, you are aware that the record has started with its first wonderful tune. How we wish many other radio stations elsewhere had this wonderful taste!
"No quiero cambiar" was a huge success in the independent pop scene, and its echoes reached the whole country, running fast like the best news do. It isn't surprising, though, because this song about one's identity is the first indie bolero (with a taste of the early BEATLES) we have known about. "Jugando con el corazón" has been produced by Guille Milkyway, and you can easily tell that if you listen to the sounds they have used: he has turned the song into a danceable pop piece with soul music arrangements, which sounds like a sensitive and soft version of LA CASA AZUL, until the chorus arrives and makes you touch the sky.
In "Padova", Carlos and Nando pay tribute to the city where they met and started writing the music of CORAZON, and they do it with a folkie song, somewhere between Harry Nilsson and Simon & Garfunkel. Playfully jangly guitars, a soft drum beat and an accordion which make you imagine a European atmosphere, pastoral and nostalgic of a happy period of their lives. "Electrocardiograma" is an intimate, sad song, dressed with the sound of a theremin. "Esto ya no es lo que era", the next song, comes up with a danceable disco beat and a wah-wah guitar rhythm, in an indie-pop tradition which could go from ORANGE JUICE to Spanish cult band FAMILY.
The very personal style of CORAZON can be told, besides of their delicate and moving music, because of their lyrics: day-to-day feelings and experiences that, together with their particular sensitiveness, show new senses to the listener. As in their vision of childhood, somehow nostalgic and disquieting: that is the case with "No quiero cambiar", and also with "María del Mar", songs about children on the verge of losing their innocence.
"Entre tú y yo 625 líneas" sounds as if it had been written by VAINICA DOBLE, and speaks about the end of love with a very domestic approach, and "Te buscaré" is another pop bolero, which starts with an ethereal easy listening bit, and quickly starts singing about the world of Oz with the help of a romantic violin and accordion.
The record comes to an end with the fantasy of "Cuando seamos pequeños (when we grow young)" and its inspired chorus melody, and with the salt-scented dreamy landscape of "Para Elsa", a beautiful song that gives an end to a wonderful record.