„THEIR MUSIC IS AMONG THE CRITICS’ FAVOURITES, THE FANS ARE FAITHFUL. DESERVEDLY SO, AS SPAIN IS A BAND THAT OFFERS GENUINE AND HEARTFELT AND WELL-CRAFTED SONGS THAT NEVER BOW TO TRENDS, NEVER TRY TO ENDEAR THEMSELVES TO THE BUSINESS AND ABOVE ALL REMAIN ABSOLUTELY TIMELESS.“ – OFFBEAT MUSIC
Josh Haden – electric bass, vocals, producer, songwriter, artwork, acoustic guitar
Kenny Lyon – electric guitar, recording engineer, mixing engineer, producer, string arrangements, writer, organ
Maya In The Summer
You Bring Me Up
God Is Love
The Coming Of The Lord
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‘Mandala Brush’ is the follow-up to the fan and press acclaimed album ‘Carolina’ (2016, Glitterhoue Records), with which Josh Haden turned to his personal as well as his family past. With his latest work, Josh aims to capture the atmosphere of his concerts. So all songs were recorded live and without click track in Los Angeles. ‘Mandala Brush’ consists of 11 tracks, including on one hand catchy tracks like ‘Sugarkane’, ‘Laurel, Clementine’ and the gospelesque ‘You bring me up’. On the other hand, endless psychedelic jams like ‘Rooster Cogburn’ or the jazzy ‘Tangerine’. About the album title Josh says “a mandala is an ancient and sacred symbol representing the oneness of the universe. The “brush” in the context of this album is a modern and secular tool used in computer art applications. The mandala brush helps facilitate the creation of mandalas, but is never a finished mandala in and of itself”.
‚Mandala Brush‚ was produced by Kenny Lyon und Josh Haden. The album features founding member Josh Haden (bass, lead vocals) and longtime collaborators Kenny Lyon (guitar), Shon Sullivan (acoustic guitar, keyboards) and Danny Frankel (drums). In addition, the latest Spain Œuvre features guest musicians such as the Haden sisters Petra (violin, backing vocals) and Tanya (cello, backing vocals), as well as Mike Bolger, who already played trumpet on Ry Cooder’s album ‘Chavez Ravine’. Matthew DeMerritt on flute and saxophone who also was Macy Gray’s saxophonist and Dengue Fever founding member David Ralicke (clarinet, flute and trombone) who also played with artists such as Beck, Tony Joe White and the Afghan Whigs.
Spain is the brainchild of Josh Haden. Their music has been described as “indie pop slowcore americana free jazz”. The band is best known for their debut album ‘The Blue Moods Of Spain’ (1995), as well as for their song ‘Spiritual’, which was reinterpreted by Johnny Cash on his album ‘Unchained’.