Soy Un Caballo / Tunng – Robin

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Robin - Single - Soy Un Caballo & Tunng

They’re one of the most distinctly English-sounding bands around, but the latest single from Tunng sees the London-based band hooking up with some like-minded souls from Belgium, the hotly tipped Soy Un Caballo. Released exclusively on gold 7” vinyl, this extra-special limited single has Tunng’s version of Soy Un Caballo’s Robin on the A-side, with the band’s original version on the flip.

“We met Soy Un Caballo on tour in Belgium and France and ended up drinking wine and swapping numbers,” says Tunng frontman Sam Genders. “We kept in touch and they asked if we’d be up for doing an English version of one of their songs for a seven. I remembered Robin from seeing them play live and it was my favourite.”

Sam translated the song from a rough version that the band sent over, then recorded it at Tunng central in London. It’s fascinating to hear the two treatments – Tunng’s typical fireside warmth, and the Belgians’ delicately trippy original.

“Beautiful Belgian lush pop, with Robin being 2009’s best smoochy song so far. Imagine being the protagnist of a blissful technicolour 60s new wave movie with a beautiful blonde girl shot in Super 8 stock. Er… this could be a perfect soundtrack. Old Pure Groove faves Tunng return to provide a cover on the flip that is also divine.” – Pure Groove

“The result is a thing of mesmerising, pant-moistening beauty, adding a continental touch to the unashamedly British feel of most of Tunng’s output, but retaining a gentle, pastoral feel..” – Q magazine

“Released exclusively on gold seven-inch vinyl by a London label known for their all-round aesthetic approach, this cover of Belgian duo Soy Un Caballo’s “Robin” by their fans and touring partners Tunng flickers with campfire warmth and sparks with the sounds of fingers on strings and palms on palms.” – Time Out

Robin videos (click to play):

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Soy Un Caballo (Spanish for “I am a horse”) are a Belgian couple who write and perform songs of exquisite fragility, and record them in Brussels with an amazing line up of musicians such as Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Will Oldham), members of Raymondo and producer Sean O’Hagan (The High Llamas).

Aurelie Muller and Thomas Van Cottom now release their Soy Un Caballo debut album in North America, titled “Les Heures De Raison”. The band have performed throughout the UK, Belgium, France and Spain and look forward to arriving in the United States this Spring.

You may have already caught a glimpse of Soy Un Caballo featured in Blogotheque’s “Take Away Show” or maybe you heard Aurelie’s collaboration with Bright Eye’s Conor Oberst.

PITCHFORK: Call it global village music: on “La Chambre”, Belgian boy/girl duo Soy un Caballo (Spanish translation: “I’m a horse”) and Louisville’s Will Oldham sing … Oldham and Aurélie Muller sound weightless and content…(full review here)

THE WIRE: …smooth harmonies and a smoother pop sensibility…as sophisticated as a Parisian boulevard as diffident as exhaled Gauloise smoke, as cool as Jean-Paul Satre and as romantic as the Left Bank. – Nick Southgate

TIMBRE OBSCURA REVIEW: I find it hard to describe just how much I like this band and their album “Les heures de raison” is an absolute triumph. Probably the most refreshing, enlightening and engaging collection of music I’ve heard for some time…(full review here)

NEW NOISE: Neither Spanish nor French, this international melange sees Belgian girl/boy duo Aurelie Muller and Thomas Van Cottom, combine forces with Louisville’s Will Oldham with breathtaking results. Delicate and frail, Soy Un Caballo’s (”I am a horse” in Spanish) music is calm and uplifting…(full review here)

LISTEN TO EUROPE: We know: every album we review on the Listen To Europe website is worth of listening to it. But boys and girls, believe us if we say that YOU SHOULD REALLY try to get your hands on Les Heures De Raison, the first album of the Brussels based duo Soy Un Caballo (I Am A Horse)…(full review here)