After that wonderful album, “Bucles Infinitos”, which gave us so many energetic songs full of cosmic sounds and loud guitars, we have been anxiously awaiting news about LINDA GUILALA, the band formed by Ivan and Eva after JUNIPER MOON. And this new release couldn’t be more comforting. The EP will be released on purple-colored vinyl, and will have four songs that follow the theme of the fantasy, terror and paranormal genres in general. Ivan and Eva have always been fans of B movies, and on the “Paranormal EP” there are UFO’s, abominable snowmen, zombies and all kinds of extraordinary creatures, and their music remains true to its punk style, pop spirit and fondness for noise and distortion.
“Cientos de Ovnis” opens the new EP with an undeniable electro-pop hit fit for the mosh pits. It is proof of their admiration for unidentified flying objects that winds between burning guitars and fantastical keyboards, and has a tremendously catchy chorus – a house specialty. After that song, it’s time for “Yeti”, a fascinating song about loneliness and the cold, which moves under the influence of THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN and the spirit of the Creation label, and makes for one of the more exciting songs of this EP: “Y que nadie sepa si existes en realidad / para que nadie pueda hacerte daño nunca más / .. / Con el hielo y con la nieve es mucho mejor / Es mucho mejor, protegerse el corazón” (And nobody knows if you’re real / so no one can ever hurt you again /…/ With the ice and the snow everything’s much better / It’s much better to protect your heart). They have made us tremble, literally, in every sense of the word.
The B-side opens with “Un Millón de Zombies Más”, which maintains a certain shoegaze ambience somewhere between RIDE, LUSH and THE TELESCOPES, and which continues to deal with the feeling of loneliness, this time in the middle of a crowd: “Lo sabes bien que solo estás con un millón de zombis más” (You know perfectly well that you’re alone with a million more zombies). High emotional voltage using images of terror, once again with echoes of eighties-styled synthesizers and layers upon layers of guitars. To close, “Existen” opens with more evocations of THE HOUSE OF LOVE and THE WEDDING PRESENT, putting the cherry on the top of a solid EP, clinging to all these unearthly beliefs (among which, why not, is the idea of perfect love) above all other much more insufferable realities: “Existen al menos en mi cabeza” (At least they exist in my head)is one of the more exciting choruses of the last months.
Four songs with an incomparable rhythm, immensely agile, that make this new LINDA GUILALA release something that will play on repeat on your stereo. It’s undoubtedly something out of the ordinary. By the way, have you tried playing the record backwards?
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