Russian Red is the pseudonym of Lourdes Hernandez, an indie and folk singer/songwriter from Madrid, Spain. Known by many as the Spanish Feist in her country. Her voice to me is reminiscent of many that I love musically; Harriett Wheeler (The Sundays), Karen Peris (The Innocence Mission) and Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) with a hint of Juliana Hatfield. Hernandez who writes and sings all of her compositions in English, states that she sings in that language instinctively because she has always listened to music in English. I absolutely love where she came up with her name of the band. Russian Red comes from the color of a lipstick that Hernandez herself usually wears. When asked how she chose the name, Hernandez stated: “I had a band without a name some time ago. Since then, I was haunted by an obsession: to find the ideal artistic name. One day, I fell in love with this colour that a girl was wearing. I pronounced its name, and now it is my pseudonym.” If you like that childlike vocal style and acoustic indie folk sound then you just might like Russian Red. You can purchase her music through her website.
songs: upset, loving strangers, cigarettes, no past land, gone play on
album: i love your glasses