Check out “Her Used-To-Been” from World of Blue, out now
L.A. slowcore greats Spain — led by musician Josh Haden, son of iconic jazz bassist Charlie Haden — has always been the secret weapon of his famous family’s sonic repertoire.
After a lengthy hiatus, Spain is returning with a brand new LP of unearthed tracks, re-mixed and reimagined by Kramer for his label Shimmy-Disc! World of Blue consists of previously unreleased tracks taken from a historic 1994 16-track recording session that preceded the band’s 1995 landmark LP, The Blue Moods of Spain, and it’s out now via all DSPS!
To celebrate their new release, the band is sharing a music video (made by Kramer) for the LP’s focus track, “Her Used-To-Been”, which he described as “a love song influenced by Bessie Smith.”
“In the late 1980s, I worked as a music librarian at KCRW while taking college classes at Santa Monica College. One of the perks of the job was taking home lots of great music. The music director let me keep a Bessie Smith box set, and I listened to those discs all the time. ‘Her Used-To-Been’ is paraphrased from a Bessie Smith song about how the protagonist goes back to her abusive ex-. In my version, I’m the protagonist and I’m telling Bessie to not go back.”
Watch the video for “Her Used-To-Been” below.
VIDEO: Spain “Her Used-To-Been”