RUSSIAN RED SINGS IN SPANISH FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE DISNEY/PIXAR FILM, BRAVE (INDOMABLE)
Russian Red has made her debut in Spanish by singing the songs, "A la luz del sol" and "Volaré," as part of the soundtrack for the Disney/Pixar film, Brave (Indomable), which will reach cinemas in Spain on 10th August. Taking in an estimated €54 million, Disney•Pixar’s Brave was released in the United States last 21st June, opening #1 to maintain Pixar’s streak of 13 for 13 #1 wide-release debuts.
Lourdes feels "privileged" to be able to perform various songs for the new Disney/Pixar production: "It's a dream come true for any girl who has grown up watching Disney films."
Being accustomed to performing all of her songs in English, she has declared the following: "This is the first time that I have officially recorded a song in Spanish and it has been worth the wait, because it's been absolutely brilliant. I am thrilled that this has happened in a Disney film."
The two new songs are performed in the English version by acclaimed Scottish Gaelic Folk singer Julie Fowlis. “Touch the Sky” (Volaré), with music by Pixar’s own Alex Mandel and lyrics by director Mark Andrews and Mandel, accompanies Merida’s liberating and exhilarating ride through the forest when she is able to escape the confines of castle life. The song “Into the Open Air,” (A la luz del son) with music and lyrics by Mandel, is heard later in the film during a special moment between mother and daughter.
"These songs have an overwhelming message of freedom. You listen to the melodies, and the way they are produced and they make you feel free, ready to run and just immerse yourself in nature. They convey the independent spirit of Merida, a rather courageous and intrepid character," explains Russian Red.
With regard to the film, Lourdes states the following: "What I like most about the film is how it tackles the conflict between mother and daughter, as well as the moments of humour and the music, which is brilliant. It is easy to identify with the characters. Above all, I like the hopeful message."
When it comes to performing the songs for the film she explains that "this recording is special and quite different to anything I have done before. For a start, they are not my songs and I have to take into account other factors that I don't when I sing my own stuff. I have to identify with the songs and try to make them my own. It's a very interesting exercise, because I have to tackle registers that I don't have to face in my own songs."
"When I sing my own songs, I feel that I have all the freedom in the world to perform them as I like, because I am the one who decides. When singing songs that form part of a whole, as in this film, I have to see what register fits best within the original framework, which is to say, the original song. It was rather more difficult than I expected," she laughs.