Album Review of
La Flor del Dimoni (The Flower Of The Devil)

Written by Joe Ross
August 2, 2022 - 12:21pm EDT
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Born in 1988 in La Seu d'Urgell, a town in the Catalan Pyrenees in Spain, Clàudia Colom moved to Barcelona as a teen to study classical ballet. She has degrees in Catalan Philology and Medieval Cultures, and she’s currently pursuing a doctorate in Romance Languages and Cultures. Simultaneously, Colom has pursued a career as a singer that has resulted in several musical projects, including the band Malva de Runa’s 2014 album Cor i Destral. Deciding to pursue a solo career in 2018, she has appeared at the famous Festival Tradicionàrius, cultivates her dancing skill, and teaches classical Persian dance.

She has now released her first solo album, La flor del dimoni, a thematic musical journey with a dozen deeply sensory songs that present lyrical dialogues, accompanied by Anatolian and western instruments, about love, sex, death, hell and God. Her musical magic is brought to life by references to different flowers in each song to create images, symbols, colors, moods and atmospheres. While no English translations of the lyrics are provided, we can get some idea of their meaning from such titles as “Tòxic D'amor” (The Toxicity of Love), “L'última Flor” (The Last Flower), “Lliri D'horor” (Lily of Horror), “La Flor Del Dimoni” (The Devil's Flower) and “El Clavell I La Carreta” (The Carnation and the Cart).  Following a descent into hell and an encounter with Lucifer, Colom narrates about knowledge gained that leads to an acceptance of those dark aspects in us, and later to a rebirth and desire for union with God. In “La Flor Del Dimoni,” Colom vocalizes, “I have seen the night unstitching all the glitter of his cursed smile, and Lucifer has distracted me with the morsels of my blessed desire.”

Musicians on the album include Claudia Colom (vocals), Anna Godoy (pedal harp), Jesús Olivares (baglames, lute, guitar), Jofre Gibert (cello), Carlos Ramírez (lyre), Carlos Ronda (udu) and Christos Barbas (ney).  From start to finish, the contemplative arrangements on La flor del dimoni provide a transformative journey infused with captivating and soulful reflections. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)