“We can fly so take my hand, let’s do it together.”
An offer we definitely take with much delight. Especially in the case it was made by a great musician as Ezequiel de la Parra alias LOS JARDINES DE BRUSELAS. The line above is taken from his single Why Are We Here? – a track from his sophomore album Light and Glow which was already released at the end of September. De La Parra is a 25 years old multi-instrumentalist who lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He records every song in his home studio and says about them: “All my songs are inspired by dreams, adventures through the space, travels to the sun and aquatic safaris.” A statement we can totally understand after listening to his galactic music.
Light and Glow is a pretty lyrical and metaphorical record which makes you feel like dreaming and floating away. The eight tracks nourish on futuristic space sounds, restrained e-guitars and LOS JARDINES DE BRUSELAS slightly alienated-but pretty soothing-voice and they remind you of dreampop artists as MGMT or EMPIRE OF THE SUN.
Aurora borealis – the first track on Light and Glow-begins with a woman’s voice which sounds like an announcement at the airport – most likely something in Spanish. The restrained e-guitars maintain De La Parra’s reverberant voice which whispers the lyrics a bit inapprehensible. But this doesn’t matter because you don’t have to understand the lyrics – you can image what the song is about. Me And The Animals – a duet with the Argentinean singer and songwriter Paula Garcia alias SOBRENADAR – seems to be perfect. The two voices complete each other – both are breathy and watery. Animal noises – for example a cock which caws – replenish the song and the lyrics: “I’m so tired of people /I’d prefer to be surrounded by the ghosts / I’m so tired of people /I’d prefer to be singing with the animals” are thought-provoking. You can hear kids dearly laughing in Butterflies and you have to smile benignly – you simply have to! The next two tracks – Sleeping In Alaska and Eskimo (The Rituals) – broach the issue of coldness and loneliness and feature spacy sounds – for instance underwater bubble noises. And then there is the last one called My Years - a track which definitely comes from another world.
LOS JARDINES DE BRUSELAS‘ second record is an album which you can listen to the whole day, no matter if you are taking a walk, lying in your bed or talking to somebody. It is always time to dream away and Light and Glow really animates you to do exactly this.
from Beunos Aires, Argentina