TILT Music Blog – Manos De Topo
This entry is going to be a tough sale for some. I’ve sometimes read description of his style of music as Bizarre Pop so you can see where I’m going with this. Manos De Topo is an indie group from Spain localized in Barcelona that have slowly but steadily grown their fan base by playing the tune of being different.
Personally I don’t think they are all that different. Unusual, perhaps just because the way the singer interprets the songs seems like he’s going to cry with cracks in the vocals. Apparently nobody told him that Boys Don’t Cry and that R. Smith has been singing like that since the late seventies. Nonetheless, I have not heard him say he’s unique, but different, so I see no harm in the statements. The group has also been compared to another Spain’s Indie great known as El Niño Gusano. And while the similarities and comparisons remain, there is something else about their interpretation that makes you listen to them and like them. At least that’s the case with me.
The songs are full of melancholic blurbs with rhymes that sometimes get your attention and make you laugh. They must be nicely put together exagerations or an autobiographical nightmare. They are also simply made with an acoustic guitar and some vintage keyboard sounds which grab my attention instantly and a xylophone here and there.
The group consists of Miguel Ángel Blanca on guitar and weeping vocals who seems to be the leader of the group. I’m not a hundred percent sure if this is a solo project or a full blown band because I’ve seen videos of him playing acoustic and alone, but in any case the other guys are Alejandro Marzoa who plays the xylophone and a PT-I, Pau Juliá who plays the bass and Rafa De Los Arcos in drums and back vocals.
In 2007 they released their first album titled “Ortopedias Bonitas” thru the indie label “La Colazione/Strange Ones“. This way they start promoting their songs and make a videoclip for the song “El Cartero“. Like most of the songs in the album, it’s a sad melancholy intertwined with sutile xylophone notes in what seems to be a well rhymed letter. The video for this song, directed by Kike Maillo, won the Cinemad 2007 in the category “videoclips”. Other songs that are worth listening are “Feo” which again follows the same theme as the others and “Morir De Celos“.
Maybe you can blame them for having a one direction approach on this album, and maybe you could probably call this emo acoustic pop if you really needed to über define the group, yet whatever you end up calling them, you just have to admit that either because you relate to their stories or you just feel like laughing at them, the songs are completely likable.
Video for the song “El Cartero” from the album “Ortopedias Bonitas“