Recommended listening by a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Cádiz. Listen/purchase: Víctor Herrero – ‘Estampida’ (Foehn Records)
Cicadas doing what cicadas do – flexing their tymbals – above the sounds of Turó Parc near Plaça de Francesc Macià on a hot Sunday afternoon. This is one of my favourite parks in Barcelona with a good café but terrible sculptures, and a lily pond with goldfish and tortuga acuáticas (terrapins.) Field recording, Turó Parc, 16:00, 27 July 2014.
Ivy-covered cross on the roof of Parròquia de Santa Joaquima de Vedruna, C/ Francolí, el Farró, 27 July 2014.
'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': time for another trip to the cinema, I think; this looks exciting! The 'Planet of the Apes' television series was a favourite of mine as a child. Read an interesting interview with Andy Serkis who plays Caesar from the Guardian at http://bit.ly/1t7ZfF7
On-ist: ‘The Weight of Mountains’ – a short film about the processes by which mountains are created and eventually destroyed. Shot in Iceland by Studiocaneo, it reminds me of my visit there. Beautiful but strangely eerie, and walking in the hills felt like being on the Moon rather than Earth. Everything goes to the dust in the end. For more information, visit www.twom.is and http://studiocanoe.com
Cool things from France inspired by Japanese culture. Cute postcards and fabulous fish, in particular.
Continuing the theme of light… ‘Beginning to See the Light’ from the Velvet Underground’s self-titled third album. What a song! To those who refute country music: it’s only a short step from Hank Williams to this (Spotify required.)
Barcelona Miniguide: read my preview of Piknic Electronik on July 27 featuring Gui Boratto and Pablo Bolivar at http://bit.ly/1nHajXT