Just when you thought Hush Records couldn't get any lovelier, it starts adopting Spaniards. This week's music feature
celebrates the now decade-long life of the label. And, in a sappy li'l companion piece to said feature
, several Hush artists graciously contributed stories regarding their first experiences with the label, as well as favorite Hush artists/albums and various other anecdotes. A name that came up a couple times among those testimonials was Raúl Pastor Medall, a.k.a. Rauelsson.
Medall, who considers himself an "adopted Oregonian," apparently travels from his native Castellón, Spain, to Portland several times a year to conduct medical research at OHSU (impressive, no?). Upon one of these trips, Hush's Chad Crouch happened across him, and a new creative relationship was born. Hush has now released a double-EP by Rauelsson (what Medall has coined his musical self) entitled Tiempo de & Pacifico
. This number's a delightful duet from the Pacifico
side featuring none other than Laura Gibson on vocal accompaniment.
You may recognize Gibson's earthy, crackling-fire vocals, but you probably won't recognize most of what she, or Medall, are saying—as Rauelsson's songs are entirely en Español. I picked out a few words: "here," "because," "all" (you know, vocab your basic high school Spanish class covered). Never fear: The emotion found in Rauelsson's music easily transcends language. And, for those of us who really crave familiarity, "Otoño Pacifico" throws a few universal "oohs" in there, as well.
Crouch says Rauelsson's songs attempt to "connect the Spanish-East Coast Mediterranean light" of Medall's youth with the "intense green landscapes of the Pacific Northwest." His description seems particularly apt here, considering "Otoño Pacifico" means, to my basic Spanish, "Pacific Autumn." And the song's enchanting instrumentation—gentle, finger-picked guitar; bright, chiming piano; and the kind of drum sound that conjures the image of someone running a brush around the snare in circles—sure portrays a sepia-tinged landscape effectively. Our Pacific autumns may often be wet and gray, but this one sounds like a softy waning Indian summer to me. To that I say, "Bring on the warmth."
Photo: courtesy of Hush Records.