(From lat. Adarce <gr. Adarke.)
S. M. Salt crust formed in objects carried by waters of the sea.
Music is not an exact science, and therefore it is not susceptible of being analysed as if it were a cell, a molecule or a damn logarithm. It is there, all around us, and it affects us in ways that we do not always apprehend in a certain moment.
We tend to value above all, the music we begin to listen to when we acquire our ‘use of reason’ and that we consequently choose as our favourite, while avoiding the music that has surrounded us more naturally and has been surreptitiously embedded in our subconscious, like the salt on the old boats of the Costa Brava.
Often this musical ‘Adarce’, this atavistic crust, manifests itself years after our musical taste is formed. You may not be familiar with a particular artist, although (unknowingly) you are with his sound. It’s that sound that sneaked into your house (and, as we say, in your mind) through the radio, television or your parent’s cassettes or records, or through your sisters or their gang.
Adarce Records, like most labels, started with a passion and the love that comes from it. From a devotion for recorded music and the compulsion to search dusty boxes of second hand albums with the intention of discovering old artists and hidden treasures, recordings published in the Iberian Peninsula, many of which have remained in the most ominous oblivion. Those artists, some ephemeral, others omnipresent, burst into the Hispanic panorama between the 60’s and 70’s, a time when most of the music was produced by a number of professionals that coincided in many recordings and productions and who left their indelible mark on everything they touched: Alfonso Santisteban, Juan Carlos Calderón, Manolo Gas, Rafael Ferro, Antón García Abril and many more.
Back then, many of these artists were accused of copying international music, as if what was done here were mere plagiarisms of foreign musicians, always considered superior by the mere fact of being English or American. It is true that many music trends were born and popularized in the Anglo-Saxon countries, but it is also true that, in that local attempt to imitate what came to us from the outside, we unintentionally printed a different air on our own compositions.
This is the humble mission of Adarce Records: we will try to correct that unique and provincial bad habit of ours, of not valuing what is done at home, and to always assume that what is created miles away is a lot better. We intend to recover old recordings (local geographically speaking, but universal by intention) by Spanish artists, Spanish producers, and arrangers from the 60’s and 70’s who deserve to be renowned for their talent, their quality and, why not, their originality (be it sought or unconsciously).
Expect easy listening, groove, soul, funk, disco, rumba, bookshop music, bossanova and many other styles, but always seasoned with our own salt, the salt we extract from our seas.