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ASTRUD have returned to the forefront of the national music scene through the main door. It’s not for nothing that they’ve been highlighted in all the best-of lists from the last year, and they’ve made rivers of ink run thanks to their reinvention with COL.LECTIU BROSSA to create that inexplicable and indescribable “greatest hits” that was “Lo Nuevo”. Their live shows are giving people a lot to talk about again and that video that Jimmy Gimferrer created for “La Música de las Supercuerdas” confirmed ASTRUD’s quality as an inimitable group, capable of questioning everything, breaking down pre-established conceptions in order to totally reconstruct them and remodel them from a totally different pop perspective, which has won the admiration of the intellectual crowd, the skeptical crowd, the anarchist crowd… They have everyone at their feet.

And yes, as with all “greatest hits” albums, a lot of us missed those songs that we wished were there but weren’t. Well, this coming April 25th, a new digital single from the Catalan band is going on sale, and it will include the already released version of “Lo Popular”, with its absolutely incredible lyrics, its folkloric roots and its modern and powerful form. And the B-side will have the version that, with COL.LECTIU BROSSA, registered one of their biggest songs, “Hay Un Hombre en España”. Irreverent, wild, original, fresh, even more sublime in this new form, with that accordion that gives the song its Mediterranean air.

But if that weren’t enough, we also have a new video by Gimferrer for “Lo Popular”, which works as a perfect continuation of the previously mentioned video for “La Música de las Supercuerdas”, and in which we have access to a fabulous exercise in creativity, swaying moments and marvelous surrealism, unexpected reactions, and all those characteristics we can’t find anywhere outside of ASTRUD’s universe. This is why we love them so much. That, and because they continue to prove themselves melodically infallible. And lyrically. And with their album covers… Could this be true love?

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released April 25, 2011

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Track Name: Lo Popular (Retrato De Adrià Grandia)
Entre Hildegarda de Bingen
Y las chicas que cantan lo de My Chemical Romance
Mientras esperan en la puerta de El Corte Inglés
Entre el hábito de la abadesa
En el monasterio de Las Huelgas y la falda almidonada
De la sardanista en el aplec
Hay un juego
De prefiguraciones y reflejos
Y yo quiero ser espejo
Y yo quiero reflejar
Hay un hilo
Secreto, e invisible de tan fino
Y yo quiero ser aguja
Y yo lo quiero hilvanar

Porque lo viejo es lo nuevo
Y lo culto popular
Y yo ya lo he comprendido
De la faradindondá

Porque lo viejo es lo nuevo
Y lo culto popular
Y yo ya lo he comprendido
Y yo me llamo Adrià

Entre Super Mario Galaxy
Y las exageraciones de la teodicea medieval
Hay paralelismos, y no es casualidad
En su lecho de muerte
Edgar Varèse tenía miedo y el hermano Léon otro tanto
Yo también tengo, yo también tengo, pero me aguanto
Y por eso
Gira la manivela del instrumento
Y gira sin miramientos
Y por eso el dejarse llevar
Y por eso se baila la taranta
Y me salto la semana santa
Pero nunca el carnaval

Porque lo viejo es lo nuevo...

Porque esto me interesa
Y me voy a dedicar
A lo que me interesa
Y no me preguntes más

Porque lo viejo es lo nuevo...

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