Barcelona native, Pablo Villavecchia, and his band of ‘Appleheads’ are back with their sophomore album, Alessandra, named after his girlfriend. Pablo notes that ‘meeting her meant the culmination of the album, as well as my unsatisfied love story, which was finally satisfied in a fantastic and unexpected way’.
The album is set for release on 31st August, with the track ‘Zaida’ being revealed in its run up. The song contains characterful vocals sung in a simliar style to The Kooks’ frontman Luke Pritchard; beautiful, melodic riffs on acoustic guitar drive the song forward as well as its quirky lyrics (Zaida, she’s flying like a spaceman).
The imagery conjured feels slightly conceptual, a more subdued version of character-driven songs such as Bowie’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ or The Beatles’ ‘Michelle’. Aiming for a sound that lies between indie and pop, the band admit to taking influence from the likes of classic acts such as David Bowie, and The Beatles as well as Oasis, The Police, and Radiohead.
Pablo created a relationship with music early on in life, with his mother being a singer and songwriter for jingles in advertising, and his father the saxophonist in famed Spanish rock band, Loquillo y los Trogloditas. It is no surprise that by the time he reached 19 he was writing his own songs. With his mother as his teacher, Pablo transformed into a prolific songwriter, covering topics as diverse as love, politics and even drugs.
The band’s name, Pablo and The Appleheads, is inspired by René Magritte’s iconic painting, The Son of Man, which portrays a suited man with an apple for a face.
Although Pablo’s musical background is rooted in classic 90’s bands that he grew up listening to, he is inspired deeply by more contemporary artists also, such as Elliot Smith, Death Cab For Cutie and Arcade Fire. As a result, this collision of modern sounds with vintage influences culminates in a highly-crafted mix of old and new that borrows elements from the best in the business.
The music video for ‘Zaida’ is set for release 4th August.