We once wished

by Ainara LeGardon

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We once wished es el disco que siempre había deseado hacer Ainara LeGardon. Quizá ni siquiera lo sabía, pero estaba latiendo en sus profundidades. Veinte años se cumplen desde la primera vez que subió a un escenario y ese camino emprendido desde entonces ha derivado en su obra más indispensable y reactiva.

Es ahora justo, al fichar por Aloud Music, cuando la urgencia se apodera de su discurso y la electricidad desaforada hace presa en su propuesta. Todo ello sin perder ni una sola de sus señas de identidad: el susurro palpitante, la tensión continua y un espartano montante que siempre termina sumando mucho más que miles de ejercicios que son carcasa hueca.

Son de nuevo las manos de Paco Jiménez las encargadas de perfilar el sonido desde una producción que se ajusta a las necesidades de cada composición, agreste y pulida a un tiempo. Y Ainara es la máxima artífice de la imaginería de un disco que habla de deseos fútiles, del Carpe Diem más solícito y de expurgar demonios a través de la búsqueda sedienta de vivencias que dejan cicatriz.

Ella misma, aparte de volver a sangrar a la guitarra y a las voces, graba la mayoría de los profundos bajos para la ocasión, dotando de una extraordinaria firmeza y cohesión el resultado final. No se puede pasar por alto el fichaje en su siempre escueto, pero diligente, escuadrón la ayuda inestimable de Héctor Bardisa (The Grave Yacht Club) a la batería, aportando una pegada que solicitaba el conjunto de canciones. Cabe mencionar también la heterogénea lista de colaboraciones: Rubén Martínez de Tokyo Sex Destruction, Hannot Mintegia de Audience y el neoyorkino Jason Victor, miembro acompañante de Steve Wynn con sus Miracle 3 y de Willard Grant Conspiracy.

El referente sigue siendo ella misma, y es el rasposo sonido, justo ahora que se dignifica la música inocua y sosegadamente lacia, el protagonista indiscutible. Con un posicionamiento contemporáneo y la vista reivindicando la trascendencia musculada de los noventa, We once wished es una construcción brillante a la par que valiente y rotunda.

Por Raúl del Olmo.

El disco se puso oficialmente a la venta el 22 de febrero del 2011, y se puede adquirir a través de la web de Aloud Music.

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released February 22, 2011

All songs by Ainara LeGardon.

Engineered, produced, mixed and mastered by Paco Jiménez.

Recorded at Hambre y Ganas Mobile Studio, located at Tiburón´s rehearsal space (Torrellano, Alicante) and Moby Dick Club (Madrid) during the summer of 2010.

Artwork by Rafael Jaramillo.

Ainara LeGardon: guitar, bass, vocals.
Héctor Bardisa: drums.

Rubén Martínez: bass on “You gave me” and “Before waking up”.
Jason Victor: guitar on “Before waking up”.
Hannot Mintegia: Vocals and slide guitar on “Before waking up”.
“Before waking up” choir: Paco Jiménez, Héctor Bardisa, Fernando Pascual, Javier Díez-Ena, Ainara LeGardon.

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Track Name: You gave me
YOU GAVE ME

I gave you six parts of me,
seven if you count this one.
You gave me all you could give,
gave me your music,
gave me your time.

In this adventure that I´m heading for
I feel a storm above my head,
fireworks in my last night.
My mind you´ve never left. (Never, never)

I breathed smoke from your mouth
and forgot about my pain.
My blood boils and I feel alive
at the mention of your name.

Every night becomes the last one
at the mention of your name
or just remembering your smile.
My mind you´ve never left. (Never, never)
Track Name: I left
I LEFT

Take me,
I don´t wanna sleep at home tonight.
Take me back,
I lost something on my way last time.

Take me,
I want to defy my heart tonight.
Take me back,
I lost something on my way last time
when you told me
you could be in trouble if I´d stay,
so I left, I left without you.

I recall your words
over and over again
and I wish you had lost a part of you within me.

I try to recall your face
over and over again
and I wish you had lost a part of you within me.
Track Name: We once wished
WE ONCE WISHED

Running through the corridor
you chased after me.
I remembered in a dream
what we once wished.

We used to have a place to go
that doesn´t exist anymore.
Where will we hide now
when we need an excuse?

Listening to the sound of drones
I thought about you.
You were moving slow,
we were moving slow
as we once wished.
Track Name: Hugs that won´t last
HUGS THAT WON´T LAST

Behind that door
you put a smile back on my face.
But it was not enough,
you had to kiss me goodbye
so I can never forget.

That night I meant my words.

Don´t worry, babe, I leave tomorrow.
I won´t become a stone in your path.
You will remain as the best of dreams
in the air that I´ll breathe
and the hugs that won´t last.

Tonight I mean my words.
Track Name: Reason
REASON

Have I told you you´re the reason why?
Have I told you you´re the reason why
I can´t wait, can´t wait, can´t wait,
but would love to stop time?

Have I told you you´re the reason why?
Have I told you you´re the reason why
I can´t talk, can´t talk, can´t talk,
but would love to shout it all out?

Till the day when I can´t hold my tongue,
till the day when I can´t hold it…
Track Name: I am
I AM

I am the traitor,
I am the cheat.
I am.
All that I´ve hated
now lies within
what I am.

I am the butcher,
I am his knife.
I am.
I raised my arm
while I closed my eyes.

I am the murderer,
I am his crime.
I am.
I´m sorry, darling,
can´t be your wife.
Track Name: Thirsty
THIRSTY

I´m thirsty
for what you can bring me.
What will you bring me
this time?

Every secret has its price.
Which one will you bring me
this time?
Track Name: Evil eyes
EVIL EYES

You showed no fear,
you were so straight,
you made me feel
there was no one else.
No one else behind that door.

That song, it won´t
ever mean the same.
With your shark´s mouth
you bit my brain
and gave me what I´d been asking for.

Evil eyes,
you looked at me
and I couldn´t say no.

You knew where to find me,
safe from the crowd.
You knew what to give me,
I´d been asking out loud
to no one else but you behind that door.

Evil eyes,
I looked at you
and you couldn´t say no.
Track Name: Before waking up
BEFORE WAKING UP

Before I would open my eyes he used to play
the most beautiful songs of my life
just to make me happy,
just to make me cry,
just to make me…

I looked through the window
and dreamt about
staying there for a long time.
More than one more day,
more than one more night,
more than one more day,
more than one more life.

And when I gave up
staring at that pretty land
he still had his eyes closed
praying for one more song
before waking up.

I looked through the window
and dreamt about
staying there for a long time.
More than one more day,
more than one more night,
praying for one more song
before waking up.

And he let me touch his shoulder
to thank him for what he´d brought me back
before waking up.

I looked through the window
and dreamt about
staying there for a long time.
More than one more day,
more than one more night,
praying for one more song
before waking up
to thank him
for what he´d brought me back.
Track Name: Make it mine forever
MAKE IT MINE FOREVER

Oh, I´m starting to lose it.
Oh, I´m starting to forget it.
Oh, there won´t be another chance to
look at your face and make it mine forever.