In an interview with Lusa, Manel Cruz, lead singer of the Porto group that marked the 1990s in Portugal, explains that a first return in 2012 ended up "demystifying" this moment, after "fear of ruining something super beautiful and after a very great call. "
"It was indeed a very big celebration, an incredible thing, and it was surprisingly very good to play things that I thought I would not like to play at the moment," recalled the artist, who on April 5 launches his first solo work, New Life ", after projects like Supernada, Pluto or Foge, Foge Bandido.
The group realized that the sound still "swept a fair", a way of saying that the "near-complicity" between the musicians in the rehearsal room as well as outside, leads to the creation of a "very particular" aspect "Even if it is not measurable and before about what the songs" tell the people ".
Without wanting to "spoil the specialty of the first return," the band reunited to mark the 20th anniversary of "The Monster Needs Friends", the second and last album of a career that started with "Dog!" Two years before .
"We were a bit reluctant [aquando do convite]. The money counts a lot, because this life is a fight and a guy always goes to work who is willing to pay the bills, and this, not being in itself a sufficient reason, also counts "confesses the singer.
Still, focusing on the second album "simplifies a lot," since Cruz does not like "so much of 'Dog!' Things," and everyone's reunion "is very cool."
"We did not want it to sound like a new comeback, but if we have songs that say a lot to people, that gives us a big bite, it's our job and we're going to make good money …" he reflected.
Reflecting on the role of nostalgia in music, before several national and international concerts for revisiting projects, Manel Cruz said that he lived "very well with the present," even though he was "nostalgic and melancholic", without pretending "that things are different thing or upgradeable. "
"You can see this song as not being ours, it's all people. There is something else living there. (…) I did not have to do this, I'm full of projects, "he said.
The concerts will focus "on the 'Monster', from one end to the other", inserting possible changes "in the interpretation of things", because the group is today composed of people who "are different, and this is not mastered."
After an "auction" and a set of various factors from all parties, the Ornatos will return to play in three festivals, NOS Alive and MEO Marés Vivas in July, and Festival F in Faro on 06 of September.
Manel Cruz wanted to rediscover the brilliance of the composition and discovered a "New Life"
The search for the sensation of "pica" to create songs guided Manel Cruz to the first album in his own name, "Vida Nova", a "album of songs" that reflects themes such as creativity and simplicity, he said in an interview with Lusa.
Despite being "accustomed to the pressure," which has also "fled", despite showing singles over the past few months, logistical issues of "launch planning and concerts" have led to some postponements of the new album , in an "adjustment" that always had in mind "the disc gets the best possible".
With the release date set for April 5, by Turbina, "Vida Nova" also comes from the "great motivation to do something" that happened to him by "manager 'and friend Pedro Nascimento."
Manuel dos Reis, who recorded the album at the Studio do Pátio, joined them in the production, before the two mixed him up in the studio Sá da Bandeira, but also Nico Tricot, who, with Eduardo Silva and António Serginho, disk arrangements.
With a "banal" title, but no less intentional, the album is loaded "with a feeling that everything is starting," he said.
"There is always an age-old, rotting idea, but deep down we also expect the fruits to be ripe for eating them. (…) In that sense, it was very important to be able to feel that I am still here. That I have things to say, things to give, and the urge to play, above all else. The title is also a declaration of intent, because it does not hurt to be simple, "he told Lusa.
At the instrumental level, the long duration has a great use of ukulele, before other musicians and other instruments punctuate the various songs, in a "self-proposal" that is linked to an interest in "rediscovering passion and charm" to allow greater freedom in discovery.
Also the order of the tracks, a "happy coincidence", allows to tell a "narrative that, in some way, illustrates the whole process".
"It was almost like luck, I think it was luck. The first song [‘Como um bom filho do vento’], for example, was the first that appealed to me in the process, "he said.
For his part, the lyrics bring "a more evident and perhaps more simplistic message", with an "approach to the life and process" of the musician, as in "Beija-flor", a track "that speaks of inspiration and the naturalness, or not, of this process, with the parallel to an animal that goes to the flower without questioning anything. "
"I find this album in a more classic way, to be a disc of songs, without the experimentalist side at the root, but more in the way things are done. Being more or less poetic depends on the way you see things. (…) I am also now interpreting the reasons why I did as I did. I was so in the process that I was not even thinking about it, "he said.
Despite the title, the "New Life" is not a denial of what lies behind nor "happiness", but rather "past, present and future all together", having "more to do with peace than proper epic feelings of happiness and ambition, "taking advantage of" the time ahead, which will be less "at the beginning of the 43-year-old musician.
If the "fun" is very "artistic achievement" that you want to achieve, then the new life is "the spirit of returning to the burden and facing all this, rather than think of the past as bad and what is now going to be ".
Several of the songs of the album, such as "I have not finished yet" or "Dogs and Bones", have already passed through the various concerts that Manel Cruz has been giving, and this presence "influences, because life is also a stage."
"You are always an actor of an idea of yourself, of a whole, whether you are a committed actor or running away from it. The stage is a time when you have a chance to represent de facto. (…) The stage is then a crude and immediate way of putting you before the question of power, for example. It is a very delicate object. People want you there, they want you, you do not ask why you're there, "he reflected.
"Vida Nova" is, therefore, a "more conventional disc before the panorama", more "classic in a certain perspective, in which the experimentalism and the will to look for something new has more to do with certain details and aspects", and for this the disc "can be said normal".
"At a time when there is so much, from the simplest to the most sophisticated and revolutionary, there is still room for a record of songs, and I was pleased with the idea of doing so, alone," he told Lusa.
Framed in the plan is the reorganization of life "to have more space for freedom," assuming the concerts "as a way of subsisting", but "with pleasure", and to have more time to create but also "fine drinking in the late afternoon, being with children and friends. "