This is the third in the series of yearly compilations from Spanish independent label Acuarela. The concept is for the artist to create a piece of music that incorporates the concept or word 'acuarela' or watercolor (aquarelles, wasserfarben...) in the song, its title or to have the sound embody the idea.
Apart from this concept, another unifying factor in the compilation is the independent nature of the works themselves, (I hesitate at making this correlation so blatant, however most of the time it rings true—and also to clarify: more often than not, I prefer it.) that is to say, the production is generally low-fi. I mention this aspect of the recordings because it lends a specific atmosphere to the theme.
The more I listen to DISC ONE of this compilation, the more I enjoy it as a whole. DISC TWO is a little more poppy maybe a bit more noisy for my taste, although the DESTROYER track is very good. This compilation has specifically turned me on to the sounds of ARBOL–the new face of ex-Piano Magic Miguel Marín, ANARI, LOUD, TEX La HORNA, and RIVULETS.
The roster of old and trustwortly artists is long: PIANO MAGIC, JULIE DOIRON, DECEMBERISTS, CHRIS BROKAW, TARA JANE O'NEILL, BERG SANS NIPPLE, TARENTEL, and ANT.
I suppose its trite to call this material 'suicidal pop' however, it puts one in the proper frame of mind for this project. Musically it arranges from rock, indie-pop, and electronica to neo-folk and country.
As a whole, the compilation is based around more acoustic sounds than electronic ones. A few of the tracks concern that 3am feeling in the absence of a loved one, whether or he or she will come back, the aftereffects of an emotion stretched to its breaking point. This is the overall mood of the project. It provides comfort for those times when you feel as if your world is coming apart.