[Interview] Exclusive interview with Moura

Dear readers, we are pleased to offer you in this article an interview with a Spanish band that fuses Psychedelia, Progressive and Folk Rock. We welcome Moura.

Hi, How are you?

Hi everyone and greetings from Galicia!Keeping busy rehearsing for our upcoming dates.

What is the meaning of your band name Moura?

In Galician popular folklore, a“moura”is a supernatural being, very beautiful and seductive who lives under a spell. She has occult powers and can be found in places associated to water like rivers, fountains, etc and around ancient megalith contructions and stones.

Your style incorporates elements of Psychedelia, Folk and Progressive Rock, where does your passion for these sounds come from?

All members of the band have a very eclectic taste but these genres are what we is our common ground. We like to blend our musical influences from the 60s and 70s with our Galician cultural heritage and Galician traditional music.

Your new EP ‘Fume Santo De Loureiro’ was released on May 31, 2024 by Spinda Records, how would you describe this new work?

Our new work was composed as a soundtrack for a Galician short-film named “Nai”(meaning: “Mother”) directed by Tito Refoxo. We wrote three new songs based on the film story and some incidental music experimenting with ambient sounds and different traditional percussions.

Intense instrumental and vocal parts, what themes do your lyrics deal with?

We are inspired by ancient Galician folktales, old ballads and our pagan traditions. For example,“Fume santo de loureiro”lyrical content deals with themes related to the film and very present in our culture like death, the loss of a loved one, premonitions or spells for protection against evil eye.

Your music is full of ideas and sophisticated passages, how does the creative process of your tracks take place?

Depends on the song but usually Hugo Santeiro (lead guitar) and me share some ideas with each other and once we have a structure, the vibe and a demo of a song, we develope it all together as a band in the rehearsal room, adding arragenments from other members.

Many of our readers and your fans wonder if there will be a chance to hear you live, do you have any plans in this regard in the near future?

We’d love to be able to tour Europe more often, we’ve been in Portugal and France last year and was an amazing experience so we’ll keep on trying. Actually, we are preparing a special show for June 22nd in a theatre in our hometown along another Galician band named Caldo in which both bands will interact between each other and will play with some of the collaborators from our albums.

Since 2018 you have released several works, how has your sound evolved over time?

I think our sound has being enriched by more knownledge of Galician traditional folk and we are always open to try new directions to experiment with it. We don’t like to do the same all the time so we’ll keep on learning from our roots and mixing it with our musical background.

How do you see today’s music scene in your country and worldwide in the field of Psychedelic and Prog?

There’re lots of bands everywhere but I think is getting harder to keep the” underground” in here. Nevertheless, we have an amazing scene around the people of Barcelona Psych Fest, Spinda Records and other brave people who try to keep the fire alive. Worldwide psychedelic music is alive and well with great different bands touring and releasing great albums.

What advice would you give to young artists approaching music with more elaborate sounds like yours?

Don’t do it! Just joking. Not sure if Im’m good at advices but I recommend them to keep always an open mind to all kinds of genres, to feed their heads with other arts and to look into themselves and bring their cultural heritage into their music to make it more personal and unique.

Do you have any other passions or artistic activities outside music?

I love cinema, to read anthropological studies about Galicia, hiking and visiting archaelogical sites or any standing stone around!

I thank Moura for the interview and wish them all the best for the continuation of their artistic career.

Thank you for supporting our music and spreading the word!

Read our Review of their new release here: [Review] Moura – Fume Santo De Loureiro EP

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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