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Nona Delichas


Country of origin:

Mexico

Type of music generally:

Ethereal evocative/eclectic alternative pop, almost Gothic at times

Status:

Most recent release, aires de bocacalle

See also:

There doesn't seem to be much out there about them, especially not in English

Comparisons:

Cocteau Twins, The Sundays

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Delightful melodic pop. They sound like a cross between Cocteau Twins and a Mexican The Sundays with electronica added, and hints of Jane Siberry in Claudia Morfin's voice when she reaches into her upper range, though her lower range doesn't have that resemblance. The songs are always ethereal, but move between soft ethereality to insistent rock. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

Either--both are lovely

Recordings:


nona delichas

Release info:

2000--Nimboestatic--nim701CD

Availability:

Mexico--or can be found online in places that carry imports

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

César García Valderrama--violin, electronics
Marco Pedroza--drums
Mauricio Ruíz--guitar, vocals
Sebastián Bellesteros--bass
Claudia Morfin--vocals
Guillermo Morfin--guitar

Produced by:

Nona Delichas and Ejival

Comments:

This is a lovely collection of songs--pretty acoustic-sounding overall (acoustic guitar is often the foreground instrument) and with great vocals up front and center. The songs are ethereal but also pretty energetic and insistent at times. The resemblance to Cocteau Twins in the softer songs is heightened for me personally by my lack of knowledge of Spanish--Claudia Morfin seems to be singing in her own language like Liz Fraser does, though I'm sure for someone who understands the language that experience will be different. In the bouncier songs she sounds more Harriet Wheeler (of The Sundays) here, though. This is a collection that will please those looking for sunny pop and those looking for more ethereal music. It's very enjoyable. (Neile)

aires de bocacalle

Release info:

2001--Nimboestatic--45040-2

Availability:

Mexico--or can be found online in places that carry imports

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Claudia Morfin--vocals
Sebastián Ballesteres--bass, acoustic guitar
Guillermo Morfin--guitars Marco Pedroza--drums, keyboards, vocals
C G V Rama--electric violin, keyboards, samples, programming

Guest artists:

Mauricio Ruiz, Fernando Corona, Rubén Miranda, Angel Medina

Produced by:

Fernando Corona and Nona Delichas

Comments:

A little less ethereal than the first album, a little less like The Sundays, a touch more haunting and dark-sounding overall. The last third of the disc are remixes--very beat-driven and electronic. Pretty funky. Still, I like this a lot. (Neile)

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