The story of Madrid
is a bit like the indie rock version of a Meg Ryan movie. Marina Vello and Adriano Cintra met back in 2006, but they were both attached--to bands, that is; Vello was an MC in Bonde Do Role and Cintra one of CSS's founders. They both ended up leaving their bands, but by then she was living in London while he was in Sao Paulo.
But there's a happy ending to this story: Despite the distance, things finally fell into place for the duo in 2011, and since then they've been making sweet, sweet music under the name Madrid. Instead of dance floor anthems, it's just a piano and vocals that comprise the bulk of their songs. Take "Bride Dress in a Frame", one of the tracks off of their upcoming album (slated for December 4): There's only Vello's haunting, Lykke Li-esque voice and the tinkering of keys. "When I was young I used to play a lot of Villa-Lobos on the piano and the piano of this song is inspired [by] his works," explains Cintra. The rest of the track just fell into place; "Adriano showed me the instrumental and I wrote the lyrics on the very same day," says the singer, adding, "But it took me a while to like what I've done̷I was scared to sing this song."
She had no reason to, since the song is a real beauty. And best of all, we have the exclusive premiere. Listen below, and then start thinking of who to cast in the film version of Madrid.
REBECCA WILLA DAVIS