Manel is still competing
Guillem Gisbert, Roger Padilla, Martí Maymó and Arnau Vallvé changed the Catalan music scene forever in 2008. With his debut album, “Els millors professors Europeus”, they inaugurated a new era for music sung in Catalan language; a new wave of bands who had always been leaded by this Barcelona’s quartet.
That first work, with its minimalist sound, influenced by folk, was a breath of fresh air, with songs like “Dona estrangera”, “Al mar” or “En la que el Bernat se’t troba”, catchy tunes with delicious, complex lyrics.
But in addition to quality, what has marked Manel’s career has been innovation and risk. Although the formula of their first LP assured them an unprecedented success for a group of their kind, they took another step further in their second album, “10 milles per veure una bona armadura” (2011), with a greater instrumental complexity and a first transition from folk to pop, with songs like “Boomerang” or “Benvolgut”. The transformation would be definitive in their next album, “Atletes, baixin de l’escenari” (2013), where they electrify their instruments in more danceable songs like the iconic “Teresa Rampell”, but without abandoning folk structures; a win-win formula.
In their latest album, “Jo competeixo” (2016), they mix their essence with electronic sounds. The result: their best record to date, an album that means the biggest evolution in their career, with atmospheric sounds, and even tributes to Caribbean music.