with Elena Setién

Photo by Pablo Axpe

“SONG FOR EWE” is the feature where artists & music people beloved by VELVET SHEEP choose an obscure song they’ve been listening to that day. Today’s guest is a Basque multi-instrumentalist who is offering “Another Kind Of Revolution”, a beautiful and thoughtful one it transpires. Warm, encompassing and pastoral, affable yet magical, the arrangements carefully composed, poised and purposeful, Setién plays nearly everything on her third album and first to be released on Thrill Jockey on 15 February 2019, that is except on the first single and album’s title track “Another Kind of Revolution” where she is joined by Brooklyn hero Steve Gunn (also of Kurt Vile’s band The Violators).

It’s as perfect for winter as dusk walks in the woods and a livening tot of spirit, and the album cover has got me feeling very festive. We at VS open our cumbersome hearts and our ember-strewn hearths to the brilliant Elena Setién

Enjoy the embrace of the video for “Another Kind Of Revolution” with its reindeers in the rearview mirror…and the red sky at night – mournful yet hopeful stuff…

What music has affected Elena lately? Without further ado, this is Elena’s “song for ewe”…

“The song I want to share with you is a song by Spanish underground rock singer-songwriter Rafa Berrio.

Singing in Spanish is really difficult I think- being Spanish myself, I find it hard to use the language in a musical way and there are few singers that move me in this language: Argentinians Carlos Gardel and Atahualpa Yupanqui and Mexican-American Lhasa De Sela are amongst them.

Rafa Berrio has the ability to write literary songs with the right balance between sober and over-expressive – his voice is poignant and very recognizable. With few means he manages to create an atmosphere that is convincing.

The music video is, in the same way, simple and moving. It is filmed in San Sebastián- all around the Principal Theater in the old part. Starting on the roof, a rainy afternoon, then going inside the building and exploring places.

The song is called “Mis ayeres muertos” “my dead yesterdays”- the refrain goes: “todo lo he visto, de todo me acuerdo” “I’ve seen all, I remember all” and for me it is a very poetic perspective from a man, in his mid 50s who HAS seen a bit of everything.”

You can pre-order “Another Kind Of Revolution” here…

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Thanks to Elena & to Matt at Thrill Jockey Records