Pablo and The Appleheads’ ‘Zaida’ is a nostalgic feeling for something you’ve never heard

What do Oasis, David Bowie, Radiohead and The Beatles all have in common? They have provided musical inspiration for Barcelona native singer-songwriter Pablo Villavecchia. Released from the new album Alessandra, ‘Zaida’ is a mixture of classic vintage sound and the band’s own to create something new that gives an oddly nostalgic feel.

Listen to ‘Zaida’ here:

Portrayed as a romantic Pablo has admitted the new album is named after his girlfriend who he has described as the love of his life. After forming Pablo and the Appleheads, Pablo spoke openly about his relationship with Alessandra saying, ‘meeting her meant the culmination of the album as well as my unsatisfied love life.’ However Pablo expresses just as much emotion for his love of music which is not surprising considering his mother was a singer/songwriter of jingles for adverts and his father played the saxophone for the famed Spanish rock band Loquillo y los Troglodites. During his childhood Pablo listened to VHS tapes of his favourite bands which lead to his more intense interest at the age of nineteen where he tried his hand at song writing and beginning to learn how to play the guitar. Two skills taught by his mother that transformed Pablo into a prolific songwriter and has provided us with music dealing with a diverse range of topics from love to politics and even drugs.

The album is a perfect mixture of old and new, the band’s name also encapsulating this as it is inspired by Rene Magritte’s ironic paining of a suited man with an apple for a head, The Son of Man. Both the image and the band’s sound inspiring the feeling of familiarity that we are used to whilst having that something different that keeps us on the edge. Pablo provides a personal look inside his own psyche with the album Alessandra being a combination of poetic, love fuelled songs such as ‘Alessandra’ and ‘Revolution II’. Whilst others are of a more creative, fun and destructive nature like ‘Zaida’.

The song ‘Zaida’ is a catchy guitar led track that belongs on anyone’s road trip mix tape. The simple tune will no doubt be playing around inside your head for days afterwards and can only be stopped by exploring more of the talented young songwriter’s album. The head bobbing tune has a stripped back feel that focuses on quirky guitar picking that makes it impossible to stay still when the single is playing. The song manifests The Beatles inspiration Pablo takes but also has links to his more modern tastes such as Elliot Smith and Death Cab for Cutie.

The new video for ‘Zaida’ is set for release August 4th.




Review by Skye W.Winwood


Hailing all the way from sunny Barcelona, indie-pop rockers, Pablo and The Appleheads, are stamping their name on the door of new music circles with their retro-inspired sound and new single ‘Zaida’.

Front-man, Pablo Villavecchia was born into a world of music, with his mother earning a living as a singer and his father playing saxophone in Spanish rock band, Loquillo y los Trogloditas. As a result, Pablo was also destined for a career on the stage.

He would dance to videos of his favourite artists as a child, but it wasn’t until Pablo was around 19 that he began to pick up the guitar (taught by his mother) and write his own material. Inspired by classic artists from across the decades, such as David Bowie, The Police, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Radiohead, Nirvana and Blur, Pablo took a plethora of influences into the creation of his own songs, the product of which is a super catchy, hook-led form of indie pop that draws on the simple and effective song structuring of these iconic artists, and blends it with modern production techniques.

Pablo noted that:

“During the first years of my life, I grew up listening to The Police, a band that became my favourite from all the music my parents were playing back then. It was a little bit later, during the nineties when I started to listen to stuff like Nirvana, Oasis and Blur and I can say that I was highly influenced by them. Some time after that I discovered Radiohead and was totally obsessed with their music, especially ‘The Bends’, ‘Ok Computer’ and their later album ‘In Rainbows’.”

“I started my songwriting being really inspired by them. I wanted to be like Thom Yorke. I had always regarded The Beatles, Pink Floyd, The Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and David Bowie as great bands and musicians, but didn’t get into their songwriting until later when advised by my father who told me: “All these bands that you like are great and it’s great to be influenced by them, but it’s always better to be inspired from who they learnt from than to learn directly from them – it will make you more original.”

“That advice stuck in my head so I started getting into the classics as well and the way they had written music. I must say that The Beatles, and particularly John Lennon’s songwriting became very important for me, but also, Elliott Smith became a significant point of reference.”

“Overall I would say my primordial inspirations come from the 60’s 70’s and 90’s – The nineties being the time that I like the most because of the fact that after a period during the 80’s of a very “plastic” scene with tons of reverb and synthesizers, suddenly the more ‘Classic’ Pop- Rock came onto scene in the US with bands like the Pixies and Nirvana and in the UK with Radiohead, Oasis, Blur and The Verve. What I like about them all (although I must say  that the UK sound always remained a little bit more of my taste than their American counterparts) is the fact that they have that vintage rock reminiscence with a very potent and carefully handled studio sound, powerful lyrics, and no flattery. Because at the end of the day, a good album is all about the details.”


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