This romantic Spanish offering by Rita Payés would not be out of place playing softly in the background at a courtyard café in Barcelona.
The gentle, brassy, Bossa Nova beats providing the perfect accompaniment to your cup of coffee as you watch passers-by from your vantage point at a little wooden table protected by the shade of an oversized umbrella. A couple dances sweetly together on the boardwalk some meters to your left, their bodies swaying gently in unison to the sultry and seductive combination of Spanish guitar and soft trombone. There's a carafe of Sangria on your table, the sky is streaked with crimson and gold, and your paella has just arrived. A very good-looking individual sits two tables away from you and catches your eye. They smile. You want to throw the Sangria all over yourself just to calm down, but instead, you close your eyes and listen intently to exquisite vocals sung in a language you don't quite understand but are profoundly comforted by all the same.
At only 21 years old, there's a maturity to this artist that belies her young age. Rita’s impeccable voice is one that stays in your head long after the song is over, as does the feeling it evokes. The Spanish lyrics are emotive in a way that only a Romantic language can be, even if you have no idea what they mean.
Hailing from Vilassar de Mar, Spain, Rita Payés doesn’t only sing beautifully, but plays guitar and trombone, and is accompanied by Elisabeth Roma on second guitar, Horacio Fumero on double bass, and Juan Berbin on percussion. “Nunca vas a Comprender” was released as a single in December of 2020, and is a sensitive and sobering melodic interpretation that still carries a distinct air of intimacy and charm. Easy listening? Yes. Light and playful? Absolutely. Evocative in a way that only Spanish can be? Most definitely.