Paula Valls presents I AM (Satellite K, 2018), her first long term work, produced by David Soler. A more intimate and naked work where the silences also speak, in a different register to that of his impressive debut EP Black and White, 20106.
Black and White was a first step towards professionalization, an experiment where he told stories of others.
I AM, completely directed by her, is a work where Paula Valls (Manlleu,1999) dares to talk about her own experiences and recent experiences, about feeling lost and not finding herself, about difficult moments and changes, and about having to take important decisions, a reflection of her accelerated personal evolution, many strokes, full of farewells, but always with hope. This is her cover letter where she is shown just as she is.
Songs like Monsters, where he looks at the adult world from the point of view of a little boy who sees monster or Days (it is important the collaboration of the New Yorker Jonah Smithin a beautiful duo) reminds us that life can't always be easy. He also looks out in About Someone, in which he reflects onthe egocentrism of our current society, which must be denounced and changed.
Two songs are included in Catalan: Canço de bressol and Que tinguem sort.
I AM could have come directly from the United States: black music (soul, blues and jazz) and the most American folk are intertwined with the influence that Joe Henry has had on Paula since she was very young, in a recording made with a clear organic intention.
During the process, she has been surrounded by a team that has supported her career, and the result is a live and spontaneous album, where the songs have all the protagonism and the authentic is more important than the perfection.
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