Bosques de mi Mente is a solo project of Ignacio Nieto Carvajal, who is based in Madrid, Spain.
The whole project started in 2007 when he decided to create music on his own to reflect some restlessness and feelings that were in his mind. The idea behind Ignacio’s first records was to remember and capture his childhood, a happier epoch of his life. He approached composing frantically, spontaneously and it was clear to him from the very beginning that the Bosques de mi Mente would be an open musical project.
One day in 2009, during a happier period of his life, he started a conceptual work about “The Little Prince”. The idea was to connect with the emotion of every chapter and write a song about it, while giving the work a full cohesion as a conceptual unit. The result of all this process is “Inocencia”.
Some months later, during a harsh winter in Madrid, spontaneously, “Nueve Días de Invierno” was born. Ignacio’s piano was to be tuned, and althought that’s a perfect ocassion to record new piano songs in perfect tune, he had no new stuff for piano, so he decided to record, during 9 days of winter, as an improvised performance, the music as it was played or created, and he spent those days alone recording in his home studio. Those were days of heavy rain, cold weather, snow and wind, and so… “Nueve días de invierno” was born.
“Nueve Días de Invierno” was a very fulfilling experience that showed him the beauty of the improvised, solo piano sounds, so he decided to repeat and magnify this experience for his next work, “Otoño”.
Since the days of “Inocencia”, Ignacio had been thinking about doing a different album, based on his passion for toy instruments, malfunctioning electronics, circuit bending and vocal harmonies. He also began experimenting with harmonies and reversed vocals. These two new ways of experimenting with sound resulted in “Colores”, a different album with a positive feeling.
Some time later, the 20th of April of 2011, the night before he was travelling to Berlin, there was a terrible storm in Madrid. Ignacio decided to set some ambient mics pointing to the storm and another two mics recording the piano, and started playing. He left his mind wander through the piano notes for three quarters of an hour and then closed the lid of the piano, pressed the STOP button and started to prepare my luggage. When he came back from Berlin, he played the recording again and was so impressed by what he heard that he decided to share it. The result is “20 de Abril” (April the 20th), the most minimalist album of Bosques de mi Mente to date.
Since “20 de Abril”, Ignacio worked on many projects but the one that will interest us today is his last work. The last Bosques de mi Mente’s album, released this year, was the first to be released publicly under a record label, Fluttery Records. It’s name is “…de los Valles y las Montañas”.
“… de los Valles y las Montañas” is a critical reflection on the duality of our existence on earth, of hate and love, of technology and wilderness, of civilization and brutality, of noise and silence. We live in world of skyscraper filled cities and vast, empty wilderness. There is a fragile balance there, so fragile it seems like on the edge of scattering into pieces. It’s sad and beautiful at the same time.
This duality is present in “… de los valles y las montañas”, gentle piano lines and violin melodies confront the screaming noise of street preachers and the background noises, almost trying to cast some light in the dar scenery. The music here does not try to make any judgments, it just tries to allow the listener a moment of peace to think about it.