This week we stay in San Sebastián (or Donostia as the locals call it).
Brakaman are a half forgotten group, who have been filed under both prog-rock and proto-punk. Glam-rock is probably a better description (they covered both David Bowie and Lou Reed live).
Sadly, Spain in the mid-seventies was much too conservative to embrace them. They dressed up in full glam regalia for a concert to launch their second single, only to be dismissed as “música de maricones” (music for poofs) and their eponymous album was not a hit.
This excellent ballad was a single in 1976, and the closing track on their album a year later.
The cover was designed by film director Iván Zulueta, the brother of Brakaman’s singer Borja Zulueta. The group soon split, with guitarist Jaime Stinus moving on to success with Orquesta Mondragón.
UNA SUAVE MAREA A las tantas de la mañana En el choco donde suelo dormir Lejos muy poca luz Y en completo relax Pongo un disco y me dejo llevar Las estrellas se van a apagar Y Morfeo, decirle por mi No sé bien que hora es Y además me da igual Solo puedo y quiero dormir Empiezo a notar Algo muy especial Y pienso que hoy Ha sido un día genial Ojalá estuvieras aquí Puedo oír el viento sur Ya vaivén, ve las olas En el mar….
A GENTLE TIDE In the early hours of the morning In the hiding place where I usually sleep A faint light far away And completely relaxed I put on a record and let myself go The stars are going to go out And Morpheus, tell him for me I don’t know what time it is Besides, I don’t care I can only sleep and I only want to sleep I start to notice Something very special And I think that today Has been a great day I wish you were here I can hear the southern wind Now they’re rocking, look at the waves In the sea…
CHORDS / ACORDES: Fmaj7 – Cmaj7 (repeat) Am7 – D9 (repeat) Dm – Fmaj7/C – G7 Coda: D – Dmaj7 – D7 – Gmaj7/D (repeat)