“Traginer of songs in horse without brida”, sings Xavier Baró (Almacelles, 1954) as soon as the disc begins to sound The voice of the mountain (The Lantern, 2020). The verse, which so well explains what Xavier Baró is, is part of the poem Flange by Maria-Mercè Marçal. “She is one of my favorite poets. She always wrote in an open manner, without flirting, and with a mixture of sensuality, freedom and dignity, “recalls Baró. Flange, the song, is the portico of an extraordinary work touched by the sonority folk and that shows the varied poetic universe of the author of discs like And a fairy transmits it (2016) and The magic olive tree (2011). Tributes to love like Canyons, bandits' ballads like Road jumpers and stories of people spoiled by injustice like that of In galleys. They are the find and the tavern that pair with the rural blues and stir up battered memories, as will be clear in Holy Loyalty from Barcelona today from 19.45, inside the festival Barnasants.
“It is a record made within the chaos of this failed society. As he did so, he had the feeling that he was in a collapsed world, made pieces. And songs were coming out that were like the representation of dignity. Within this corrupt and disgusting world, the songs have come out immaculate to me, “he says of an album that includes two tracks by the EP Spring to autumn (2019), witness to the concerts Chronicles (prints of a country) made as of October 1, 2017. “I wanted to be part of that kind of popular revolution that came and bring the memory of the sound and the songs that are part of the story of where we came from”. , remember.
At those concerts there was already the sound of the collaboration with Héctor Beberide, which on the record The voice of the mountain unfolds accordion, mandolin, busuqui, guitar … “Héctor is an extraordinary musician and plays a lot of instruments. Somehow I wanted the record to look like this. We got in there and decided to use that sonority, “says Baró, who says he feels more secure in this format than when he was also in the duo but also on guitar and piano:” With piano and guitar it was fascinating, but always you were on the tightrope, about to fall over the ravine. She's much more comfortable now. “
The blues and the allegory
Of that EP it does not recover the song Spring to autumn, which is the explicit chronicle of 1-O explained as a blind romance. “I can't retrieve it because I can't even sing it anymore. I can't, my words are crossed, '' he admits. Yes it does In galleys i Havanera of the boys who go to the war of Cuba. The first comes out “of a traditional Catalan song that speaks of a convict in galleys”. “I found it very allegorical,” Baron says of the piece he remade and connected with bluesmen of the 30's as Robert Johnson. “Sometimes I feel that in the music I make there is a parallel with that of those bluesmen. All their value was the authenticity and disregard for market laws which they had no access to. It's a little bit of the story of some of us, who are out of the market and living in the trenches, where all you do and stay is this, sing about the reality you see, '' he says.
The Havanera about the Cuban War found her stirring books on old songs. “I found a very interesting history because it was the reverse: the Spanish government sent Catalan Cuban independence fight. There is also the drama of those who went there. You could get rid of the war if you paid some money, but all who went there were people from the peasant world who didn't have a duro, and they were going to die in Cuba. It was a drama society Catalan, Spanish and also because there were everywhere, “says Xavier Baró, does not rule out to make an album of songs of love and war.