Marina Gómez Marín: vocals, guitar and keyboards
Marina was born in Córdoba, but came to Madrid to study, where she begins to work as an architect and designer. Until 2020, her trajectory in the world of music didn’t go any farther than long practice sessions with the guitar in her bedroom. In June 2020, she finds herself unemployed, like so many other people, and she buys herself a keyboard with the idea (still mostly just an idea for now) of learning to play the piano. And little by little she is building that little homemade studio that currently has enough to go on with just her keyboard, a computer, and most of all, a lot of imagination and inspiration. And the songs begin to take shape.
Some of the songs tell made-up stories, others less so, and many others are stories she imagined while gazing out the window in the long hours of the day that come with unemployment, listening to songs by THE MAGNETIC FIELDS or CIGARETTES AFTER SEX. And best of all, what she is doing is related to a pop tradition that is practically unique to Spain. That tradition that connects the dots between LE MANS, FAMILY, NIZA, SINGLE and LA BIEN QUERIDA, that tradition that honors VAINICA DOBLE, Cecilia and Gloria Fuertes. Lyrics that are honest, sincere, precious, that go straight to your heart. Her tremendously sweet voice, that does not need to coo. Exquisite melodies, without excessive decoration but with a shocking perfection. That great art of making simplicity look easy.
So, when those first songs reach Elefant at the beginning of 2021, there is an immediate spark. She is soon in the studio, and with the help of Lorenzo Matellán some of her songs begin to take shape, like “Siento Todavía”, “Tú Pa Qué” and “Celosa”.
"Siento Todavía" Digital Single advance Mini-LP
“Siento Todavía” has a harmonic development that we are sure Neil Hannon would adore, a story that LA BIEN QUERIDA would love to tell, production work that FAMILY would have loved to put out... Because the coordinates needed to define Marina’s music are from a certain level: timeless, exciting and undisputable. The B-side of the debut single is “Tú Pa Qué”, a precious song that celebrates that unreal and warm hallucination that Gloria Van Aerssen and Carmen Santonja made possible. Because our protagonist has a talent not only for revealing her feelings, but also for developing stories that make the sleepiest imaginations come jumping to life. “Y cuando le duele canta / Y cuando llueve suena rotita su voz” (And when it hurts, she sings / And when it rains, her voice breaks): adorable, charming, inspired and exciting.
And for the occasion, Marina herself has designed the cover from a series of photos by Raquel Calvo, showing that certain melancholy, that old flavor so atypical of something so new and that, at the same time, reveals something so special. By the way, you can see Marina in the videoclip for “Siento Todavía”, whereDavid Vega (LA BIEN QUERIDA, NEVVER, AIKO EL GRUPO), using a 16mm, does French-style work that reminds us of some of the best shots from Nouvelle Vague.
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