(Satélite-K, 2024)

“Sound beat. Musical pulse. LATIDO.”

Pau Figueres’ long-awaited new album is made up of the pieces that the guitarist and composer has been patiently crafting over the past five years. Works cooked all over a slow fire, in a very intuitive way and based on a prolonged period of rehearsal and meditation. Figueres has put them to the test on countless occasions in his creative intimacy and, after passing his own quality filters, they have finally come to life in this new recording. They are therefore young works just out of the oven, despite the fact that some of them hide ancient fragments within their skeleton, whose compositional genesis comes from moments much earlier in time.

Born from the ever-latent creative impulse, these musics seek to be heard by everyone they have the fortune to reach, and their message will be changing and always unique, taking whatever shape the listener wants. The music of Pau Figueres is timeless, it comes from deep within and goes from the local to the universal.

In addition to the step forward represented by LATIDO compositionally speaking, it is also necessary to point out the major leap –in this case a giant one– that Figueres is making in the sonic field. After years of research and experimentation beyond the guitar purely as an instrument of dry wood and vibrating strings, the guitarist has opened up a path that delves into the nature of sound synthesis. A path that crosses electronic fences and runs between sawtooth, sine and square waves, drawing a path parallel to the touch and sound of flesh and nails in order to add to his guitar –always contributing– previously unattainable sound textures.

By installing a signal pickup under the top of the guitar, Figueres brings the synthesizer to life by exciting both instruments simultaneously and opens the door to a parallel sound world, one of textures that could well inhabit the realm of orchestration, and which are very distantly related to the guitar. The Spanish nylon string guitar, therefore, transforms its spirit into that of a flute, a “moog”, an electric guitar, a brass band, a string section… or whatever the music calls for at any given moment.

Nada Nuevo Bajo el Sol

(Satélite-K, 2018)

«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 this album the guitarist and composer mixes the 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 particularly 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 the track “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; following the line-up is 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.

Pau Figueres

(Whataboutmusic, 2015)

The self titled album Pau Figueres (Whatabout Music, 2015) is an introduction into Pau’s musical world and a first step into developing his own artistic personality. The sounds of his guitars blend together to create rich textures that seem to come from deep rooted Flamenco and modern music influences. Together with some amazing musician friends who infuse the music with incredible groove and excellent taste, Pau offers us 10 songs that resonate with the Mediterranean essence and at the same time offer us a fresh new approach to Spanish guitar playing. The album won the Enderrock Prize for Best Folk Album of 2016 and has had a very warm welcome in the Catalan music scene delighting audiences and critics alike.