Manel

© Arnau Valls Colomer

© Arnau Valls Colomer

A year and a half after finishing the Atletes, baixin de l'escenari (2013) tour in front 60,000 people at Barcelona’s La Merce festival in 2014, last April Manel released Jo competeixo in CD, double vinyl and digital format, becoming the one and only artist in history entering at the Top of Spanish Charts with three consecutive albums singed in Catalan language. 

Unlike their previous three albums, which were recorded in strict intimacy, this fourth release of the Barcelonan band meant their first experience with a producer, the American Jake Aron, who has worked with artists such as Grizzly Bear, tUnE-yArDs and Chairlift, among others.

With his collaboration, Guillem Gisbert, Roger Padilla, Martí Maymó and Arnau Vallvé planned the recording in two stages, which took place between November and December: the first one in Dreamland, a recording studio located in a former church near Woodstock; and the second stage, in Dr. Wu’s, Jake’s studio in Brooklyn (New York). As a result, eleven songs mastered by ChrisGehringer (Rihanna, Drake, Nas, Wu-Tang Clan) in SterlingSound, that redefine their sound with electronic hints.