Elvis Costello and his longtime producer/colleague Sebastian Krys have put together an intriguing revisiting of This Year’s Model, Costello‘s 1978 album that marked his second overall and first with the Attractions.
They set out to revisit the album with a number of Spanish-language vocal makeovers, featuring an array of some of the most notable acts in Latin pop/rock, and Spanish Model is set for release on 9/10.
Interestingly, these are not entirely new recordings — a news release notes that the inspired Spanish-language adaptations are set to the band’s classic studio performances, culled from the original master recordings, which have been newly mixed by Krys, revealing a new power and intensity to The Attractions’ 1978 instrumental performances.
More about how this project came about:
As Costello and Krys began to think of artists that would be a good fit, they discovered that This Year’s Model was an important record to many artists in the pan-Latin world, but its true nature had never been fully appreciated because of the language barrier. They enlisted many Costello fans, a few who Krys and Costello felt would be a great fit for the song, and all of whom have stellar careers and were excited to participate and bring their own styles to the immediacy and poignancy of the original songs, helping to create an entirely new listening experience.
Spanish Model features such artists as: Cami, Draco Rosa, Fito Páez, Francisca Valenzuela & Luis Humberto Navejas (lead singer of Enjambre), Gian Marco & Nicole Zignago, Jesse & Joy, Jorge Drexler, Juanes, La Marisoul, Luis Fonsi, Morat, Nina Diaz, Pablo López, Raquel Sofía & Fuego, Sebastián Yatra, and Vega. They sing these timeless and universal songs, which have been expertly translated and adapted into Spanish to retain their meaning, energy, attitude, and wit. The concept represents what may be a first: an artist replacing their vocals with newly recorded performances by other artists singing in another language, backed by the original music.
“Part of the fun of this project is its unexpected nature,” Elvis Costello said. “Although, I think people in my audience that have been paying attention are pretty much used to surprises by now.”
“When Elvis told me the idea,” Krys said, “it took me about 15 seconds to answer. I have been in so many situations where I was trying to turn Latin artists onto Elvis Costello’s music. The feedback I heard most often was ‘I love it. I wish I knew what he was saying.’ Spanish Model is an opportunity to turn an entire side of the world onto this great record and through these voices, get these ideas out. Lyrically, This Year’s Model is still relevant today, what the songs have to say and how they say it.”
The track listing:
- No Action – Nina Diaz
- (Yo No Quiero Ir A) Chelsea ((I Don’t Want To Go To) Chelsea) – Raquel Sofía y Fuego
- Yo Te Vi (The Beat) – Draco Rosa
- Pump It Up – Juanes
- Detonantes (Little Triggers) – La Marisoul
- Tu Eres Para Mi (You Belong To Me) – Luis Fonsi
- Hand In Hand – Francisca Valenzuela y Luis Humberto Navejas
- La Chica de Hoy (This Year’s Girl) – Cami
- Mentira (Lip Service) – Pablo López
- Viviendo en el Paraiso (Living In Paradise) – Jesse & Joy
- Lipstick Vogue – Morat
- La Turba (Night Rally) – Jorge Drexler
- Llorar (Big Tears) – Sebastián Yatra
- Radio Radio – Fito Páez
- Crawling To The U.S.A. – Gian Marco y Nicole Zignago
- Se Esta Perdiendo La Inocencia (Running Out Of Angels) – Vega