At the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, Spain awarded him 12 points for his romantic jazz ballad “Amar pelos dois”.
And on Thursday Salvador Sobral said gracias in the most beautiful way by releasing the Spanish-language song “Cerca del Mar” (Near the Sea).
The debut of the music video coincided with his performance at the Festival Jardin Pedralbes in Barcelona.
During our interview at Eurovision 2018, Salvador told us he saw the most recent edition of Eurovision as putting the song contest portion of his life to rest.
With “Cerca del Mar” he once again veers away from fast-food music, delivering a jazzy number that’s at once classic and timeless, but also somehow experimental. His voice flows freely over rich instrumentation that includes Júlio Resende on piano, André Rosinha on double bass, Bruno Pedroso on drums and Ricardo Toscano on clarinet.
The video of “Cerca del Mar”, directed by Daniel Mota and Jenna Thiam, is shot entirely in black and white. It gives the video a nostalgic, cinematic feel. We see a young boy running and playing along a beach. At times pensive, at other times pained, he’s alone for much of the video. But two minutes in the camera begins a series of cutaways to Salvador himself, perhaps suggesting the boy is what Salvador once was, and Salvador is what the boy might become.
After their meeting the pair splash about in the waves. It’s hard to tell if Salvador is having fun — or a full-on reckoning with himself. But in either case it’s a lovely showcase of Salvador’s free-spirited side. In the end the pair have most definitely made peace and colour slowly comes into focus.
Salvador in Spain
Established six years ago, the Festival Jardin Pedralbe has emerged as a highlight of the Spanish summer. Unfolding amid landscaped gardens and lawns, it’s already welcomed the likes of Jessie J, Tom Jones and Pastora Soler.
Salvador, who is currently staging his first-ever series of concerts in Spain, adds to the glamour and prestige of the increasingly popular event.
He continues his Spanish tour in Valencia — at the Palau de La Musica — on July 7.