Isa Fdez. Reviriego defends her song that states "doing nothing" is a sublime pleasure; the truth is Isabel herself finds it very difficult to stay still. In the last year, she soundtracked the Playstation video game Melbits World and a short film for Stella McCartney and provided singing voices for the Spanish-language version of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.
In 2011, Isa discovered a melodic, kaleidoscopic, punk and unpredictable universe inside her head - one in which Brian Wilson's melodies and Leon Tolstoi's law-breaking final messages - could happily dance hand in hand to electronic rhythms. She called it Aries, after her zodiac sign. Her fourth/latest album, Juramento Mantarraya, released by K in North America, is a collection of beautiful melodies, a combination of violins, flutes, industrial sounds, and chest-rattling bass. Isa and co-producer Jose VÃ¡zquez create an exciting mixture of soul and free-jazz rhythms, melodies from the girl groups of the 60s, sunshine pop, Spanish folk and experimental electronics. Combining her precious voice and the sounds of the Galician Coast, where she creates, she speaks of friendship, love, and the beauty of error. A collection of dazzling intervals created by someone who knows that only those who are as excited taking a walk as composing melodies can reach people’s hearts.
"I've done everything myself. Every sound is mine, every synthesizer, every melody, every beat," says Isabel Fernandez Reviriego, who is releasing Adieu Or Die under her pseudonym, Aries. It isn't simply notable anymore that someone is their own band, overdubbing over and over, but in the case of Aries, we have music that is so thickly and sturdily constructed, through layer upon meticulous layer, it becomes not just a marvel of sound, but one of craft.
Aries' music is densely melodic, like echoes of the American west coast in the 1960s coming through the Spanish radio waves. On "En el Oceano" her voice twists around itself like a stick of Twizzlers licorice. Amidst all the synthesizers, drum machines, buzzes and whirrs, the most prominent, playful, melancholy, important piece pasting everything together is Reviriego's voice, light and dancing in circles around every song. On Adieu Or Die, she says, "someone disintegrates, while the world disintegrates around him or her." But there is something beautiful in the way things fall apart, in the way that things die. Aries lives in that nook, comfortable and warm.