July 22, 2006

Watling brings “Automatic” to the people

By Howell Llewellyn

MADRID (Billboard) - Leonor Watling is best-known outside
her native Spain as the star of such movies as Pedro
Almodovar's "Talk to Her."

She may soon be known for her music now that "Automatic
Imperfection," the second album by Watling's jazz-pop ensemble
Marlango, is getting a worldwide release. The album went gold
(50,000 units) after it was first issued in Spain in September
2005 by Madrid indie label Subterfuge Records. It is now being
handled globally by Universal Classics & Jazz.

In May, Marlango was signed directly to Universal Music
Spain. During July, Universal Classics & Jazz began rereleasing
the album in Europe, Latin America, Japan, Singapore and
Australia. The reissue carries six bonus tracks and a DVD of a
live Barcelona performance. Universal's jazz imprint Verve is
expected to handle the album in the United States.

Watling, whose mother was British, writes the act's
English-language lyrics. She fronts a trio that includes
Alejandro Pelayo (piano) and Oscar Ybarra (trumpet/flugelhorn),
augmented in the studio by five other musicians for "Automatic