Hello there, Stephen Billington here. Let me tell you a bit about myself. My hobbies include sniffing the end of highlighter pens, photoshopping myself into red carpet events with celebrities, and measuring different sizes of bin lids. They say I’m boring, but never mind that – I’ll be your teacher for today, so pay close attention because I’m here to talk to you about Vitral, a song by the talented lot called Los Volks. Sanderson! Are you passing notes? See me after class!
First lesson. The track title Vitral means “stained glass” in Portuguese. I listened to this tune using my ears, and a bloody pleasant experience it was too. The track, in their own words, is about “passion, a feeling that makes people surrender and lose control of reality”. Blimey, are we in The Matrix? I feel like Vitral has connected me to the other side. Seriously though, this song only sends out pleasant, chilled out and positive vibes; so much so that it’s impossible not to smile or have a cheeky little dance while you’re listening.
The band is comprised of Isabella Araújo (bassist), Carolyn Areias (vocalist), Pablo Mello (vocalist) and Paulo Arbeli (guitarist), but Vitral also features the wonderful participation of Paraguayan singer Dahiana Samudio. Lesson number two, and a bit of a fun fact, while the lyrics are written in Portuguese, it does contain a couple of sentences in Spanish. I also happen to be well-versed in this language. Who’d have thought it? The lines are: “Ya no quiero llorar, pero solo quiero escuchar”, which translates to: “I don’t want to cry anymore, but I just want to hear”. It’s an astute line that requires a bit of an afterthought, and we like that here at Independent Music News, don’t we? Yes, we do.
Vitral is only two minutes and thirty-three seconds long, and I demand an extended version immediately. Make it thirty minutes long. No, an hour! Sorry, went mad with power there. I calm down and instantly replay the track. Lovely stuff. The instrumentation from the swanky guitar, to the superb bass and delightful drumming perfectly complements the singing. The words paint a picture of passion. I would know all this as I’m fluent in the language of love and Portuguese. It gives off a “two bodies, one soul” type of thing with lines like: “Our bodies are just one, two sketches on the opposite side of stained glass” – what a beautiful sentiment. I grab for a box of tissues, then remember I have to use them sparingly, so I grab a pair of boxers to dab away my tears instead.
Los Volks have announced themselves with Vitral, giving us an exciting insight into what’s coming next. I, for one, can’t wait. Well, that’s it, class dismissed. I promise I didn’t use Google translate.