What’s behind each song of Alba Reche’s “Quimera”?

Last year, when Alba Reche decided to go to the auditions of the spanish musical reality show Operación Triunfo – she definitely didn’t imagine her life was going to take an incredible turn. From the first phase until the last ofthe  TV program, she conquered a lot of fans with her sweet but strong personality, her husky but cozy voice and the fact that she always speaks her mind and fights for what she believes. So it’s no secret she became one of the most loved contestants from 2018. Knowing that, it’s easy to understand why her album has been so expected.




With ‘Medusa’ and ‘Caronte’, we could take a look at what we would be expecting of Quimera. Fans liked her first two singles so much that they haven’t only  achieved thousands of views on Youtube and on Spotify but the autographed album got  sold out in almost all stores where it was put up for sale as well.

On October 16th, she revealed the cover of Quimera and  social media went crazy! Clearly inspired by Antonio Canova’s Eros & Psyche sculpture, Alba appears wearing white clothing, while her eyes are closed and her head is turned to the left, representing “Psyche”; the soul. Completing the photo, is a character with its face covered by white clothing as well and white wings, embracing the “soul”, representing “Eros”, the love. It’s interesting that in this representation we can’t determine sex or gender of the character “Eros”, showing that when it comes to love, labels aren’t important.  

GIRLS – the wait is over – Quimera is finally out! So let’s start with each one of the songs and learn more about Alba Reche’s soul: 

‘Quimera’

In Greek mythology, Chimera was a hybrid monster, represented by a lion head, a goat body and a serpent tale, that spits fire. Nowadays, chimera means something utopic, illusory, fanciful, almost a dream. The song starts with guitars and clapping, creating a relaxed atmosphere, that feeling of waking up in a summer morning and going out for a warm walk. The lyrics, though, talks about someone that isn’t there anymore, someone that left her in the dark, but somehow, she manages to keep the faith. At the end, we can hear an excerpt of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, with Audrey’s Hepburn as Holly saying she can’t be kept in a cage. By choosing “Quimera” as the name of the album, Alba is telling us that it is composed by very different beats, lyrics, figures, tunes… that somehow work pretty well together. And, at the same time she is implying that even if she is a little nervous with the album coming out, this is an old utopia, that now is a dream coming true. With ‘quimera’, Alba welcome us to her truest self, and tell us to enjoy a mix of feelings for the next 30 minutes. Welcome to Alba Reche’s World!

‘Caronte’

 Charon, the son of Erebus and the Night, was responsible for carrying the souls of the newly deceased across the rivers Styx and Acheron. To making such a crossing, he charged one to three obolus. The dead were then buried with coins so they could pay for their respective “tickets”. Those who were buried without having a grave wandered for 100 years on the riverside, having their help requests ignored. On this song, that was her second single, Alba, accompanied by a beautiful piano, talks about how she sold her soul and yet nothing seemed enough, how she sang until she drowned, and wonder why and to whom she did it, while all she received in exchange was lies and alms. Many believe she referred to the music reality she participated in, but giving rise to various interpretations, ‘caronte’ could be applied to any melancholic and tormented soul that still tries to understand what happened, why she/he get to this point. 

‘Asteria’

Asteria is the goddess of the oracles of the night, such as necromancy, dream interpretation and astrology. She represents the dark aspects of the night. Asteria was pursued by Zeus, that saw in her a new love conquer. To escape from this harassment, she threw herself into the sea and became an island. But even in the sea, she didn’t completely escape. Poseidon started to chase her and that’s why she always moved from one place to the other. However, when her pregnant sister, Leto, needed to escape from a jealous Hera, Asteria offered herself as a safe place for her to give birth to Apollo and Artemis. Later, the island was renamed by Apollo by the name of Delos (meaning, “brought to life”). As in the myth, Alba keeps trying to run away from the darkness Quimera left in her, but the more she tries, the more the light seems distant, until she hits rock bottom and understands that from now on she has to heal. We feel the start of this healing process as the voice of Alba initially alone, gains a chorus accompanying her, taking us to spiritual journey.

‘Aura’

– Aura was a hunter transformed by Zeus into a cold breeze. In this folk pop song, we see how the healing process continues and how Alba finally lets herself love selflessly. As doing so, she starts to hope again, she starts to see the light getting close. It is like breathing the fresh air of a new and promising day.

‘Niña’

 – This is the only song in the album that has no apparent relation to mythology. The reason for this is that Alba composed it when she was inside OT 2018 and probably didn’t even think about creating a complete album then. The first time we heard ‘niña de los ojos tristes’ was when she showed the composition to Natalia Lacunza, one of her best friends inside and, like her, one of the audience’s favorites. Everything led us to think that the song concerns the little Alba who, by life adversities, had to gradually disappear so that the new Alba would emerge and conquer her dreams. This song is very special, because we saw it being created from scratch and, although we haven’t seen the final version before the album release, it’s kind of our little child. 

‘Lux’

– Initially, it was considered the Morning Star, the one who brings the light. In the fifth and sixth centuries however, this changed. Lux started to be associated with Lucifer, the fallen angel. In this mix of electronic and R&B, Alba plays with the two meanings and adds latin rhythms with french chorus, creating a completely different and catching song.

‘Hestia’

– Hestia represents the family, the flame that warms the home. The purity and the peace that should reign in it. One of the kindest and gentlest figures in mythology. With the piano making a reappearance, ‘hestia’ brings lyrics full of hope. Alba is now completely healed, but she is still searching for a home. She is looking for anything that could give her that flame that indicates she can start another journey of discoveries.

‘Inanna’

– Inanna represents the free and adventurous spirit of women. In this urban song, where we enjoy synthesizers and alternate beats, Alba makes a statement against some things romantic love implies: jealousy, anger, belonging. She affirms that she won’t be tamed and that she doesn’t need a love that suffocates her, because she learned to love herself. From here on, we start to follow her empowerment process and, girls, we love it!

'The lyrics are the reflection of seeing you locked in a situation where everyone is watching you, and you feel that you don't know where you are going because you don't see anything.'
ALBA RECHE
Singer

‘Eco’

– Echo was a wood-dwelling nymph who loved to talk, but more than that, she loved to have the last word in every conversation. She was punished by Hera, after helping the other nymphs escape from being caught with Zeus, her husband. The punishment left her repeating the last word but never being able to start a conversation. Madly in love with Narcissus, she used to chase him through the woods, waiting for him to take the first step, but, instead, he ran away from her. Ashamed, Echo went into hiding. In grief, her body turned into stone and only her voice remained, echoing. Playing with this characteristic, the chorus of this song surpass Alba’s voice, repeating all her last words. Regarding the myth, she makes allusions to Narcissus, but instead of putting Echo chasing him, she puts the nymph in a combative place, saying things like if he’s going to kill her, he’ll die too. She kind of broke the curse and regained her capacity of starting the conversation, leaving her grief behind and discovering her own value.

‘Medusa’

– Medusa was one of the three Gorgon sisters, daughter of two sea deities. She was stunning and known for her expertise and for her golden hair. She was raped by Poseidon in the temple of Athena. The latter became furious and turned Medusa into a disgusting creature, with a monster appearance and a snake hair. Moreover, she punished her with eternal loneliness, since everyone that looked at her was turned into stone. Medusa was the first single of this amazing album. In this one, Alba gives life to a seductive, self-possessed woman. A Medusa who is aware of her power and uses it to conquer who/what she wants. A Medusa that attacks, but with love.  

‘Ares’ (feat. Pol Granch)

– The last song of the album talks about the god of battles and wars, Ares. His arrival used to be announced by very loud and frightening screams. Known to be impulsive, he had violent nuances. He found his own peace in the battles. Alba surprises us with this song by making a feat. with the winner of the X Factor Spain 2018, Pol Granch. With metaphoric lyrics referring to war, we approach the end of the album. The husky voices of these two singers together create a battle atmosphere that is emphasized with a growing intensity provided by the arrangement of the beats. The tension created suddenly disappears with Alba whispering the last words of the song: ‘Hasta que cante el final’ (Until we sing the end).

Alba Reche arrives with a conceptual but integrated idea of an album that tells her personal stories and shows her most profound feelings through songs based on mythology. The whole concept is kind of risky for a new singer on the scene, but Alba likes to bet and one more time she proves it was the right choice to make. Besides that, she was 100% involved in the making of the artistic project and she brought some of her former friends from college to work with her, creating a more comfortable environment where her ideas could grow organically. 

 

 

We hope you enjoyed as much as we did!

We couldn’t be prouder of her!

Let us know your theories about each song!

Stephanie Monnerat

AUTHOR

STÉPHANIE MONNERAT, 23 YO, A WALKING CONTRADICTION. PASSIONATE BRAZILIAN, BUT WANTS TO KILL THE PRESIDENT. ART LOVER, BUT STUDYING MEDICINE. ALWAYS FALLS IN LOVE WITH SPANISH/LATIN ARTISTS. DISCOVERING THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

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