From The Desk Of Amor De Días’ Lupe Núñez-Fernández: Caetano Veloso’s “Michelangelo Antonioni”

Amor de Días—the duo of Alasdair Maclean (Clientele) and Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas)—just released debut album Street Of The Love Of Days via Merge. (Those of you who speak Spanish know that the band’s moniker translates to “love of days,” hence the album title.) Maclean and Núñez-Fernández worked on the 15-track LP for more than three years, and it features guest spots by the likes of Louis Philippe, Damon & Naomi, Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) and Danny Manners. Maclean and Núñez-Fernández will also be guest editing all week. Read our brand new Q&A with them.

Núñez-Fernández: Caetano Veloso has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard, and his lyrics are some of my favourite poetry. In Spain, he is a household name, and in Brazil, he is nothing less than a national treasure. There is so much inventiveness and joy in his music writing, and this runs through all forms he attempts, not just his early bossa and tropicalia. Lately, I’ve been into the melancholy languor of his voice, and the cellos in this very cinematic song from the 2004 Eros film trilogy by Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar-wai is what I would whistle all the time, if I only knew how to.