Leiva, Alfonso de Villallonga featuring An.I, José Luis Perales, and Fenyx and Roque Baños take the Best Original Song nominations for Spain’s top 2018 movie honors.
The nominees for the Goya Awards – commonly referred to as “Spain’s Oscars” – have just been announced, and they include songs whose appeal transcends the screen.
Here are the nominees that will be competing in the Best Original Song category when the Goyas are presented on Feb. 4 in Madrid.
“La Llamada,” Leiva
“La Llamada,” a mood-lifting and highly hummable rock ballad from the Spanish singer-songwriter Leiva is the theme for the musical comedy of the same name. The film by Javier Calvo y Javier Ambrossi, also up for four other awards, features a Whitney Houston-loving nun; the eclectic soundtrack swerves from reggaeton and electro-Latino to songs by Spanish pop stars Presuntos Implicados to, of course, Whitney.
Leiva, frequently compared to Andres Calamaro (and by extension could be called “Dylanesque”), has had No. 1 albums in Spain: he deserves to be better known abroad.
“Feeling Lonely on a Sunday Afternoon” Alfonso Vilallonga featuring ALA.NI
Vilallonga composed the soundtrack for Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, based on the novel by Penelope Fitzgerald and starring Emily Mortimer; that movie tops the Goya nominations with 12 nods.
“Feeling Lonely on a Sunday Afternoon” is an immediately pleasing, weekend playlist-ready track. That’s because of singer ALA.NI, the British-born, Paris-based vocalist whose contemporary take on timeless jazz vocal style has drawn acclaim for her recent debut album You & I.
“Algunas Veces,” Jose Luis Perales
“Algunas Veces,” from the film El Autor, directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca, marks something of a comeback for Jose Luis Perales. The singer and composer, a contemporary of Julio Iglesias and a major name in the early days of Latin pop’s entry into the United States.
An intimate yet easy-going meditation on the act of writing, “Algunas Veces,” is a reminder of why he is one of Spain’s all-time most-beloved singer-songwriters.
“Rap Zona Hostil,” Fenyx and Roque Baños
Zona Hostil, directed by Adolfo Martinez, is a painstakingly realistic film based on a true story of a military helicopter accident in Afghanistan and the rescue of its crew.
The Spanish rapper Fenyx Gonzalez puts the same straight-talking vibe into his rhymes about questions of valor and values for the Goya-nominated song “Rap Zona Hostil.” His writing partner here was Roque Baños, the Spanish film composer who scored the horror film Evil Dead, and previously took home two Goya Awards for his work on Spanish movies.