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Pastora are a Spanish/Catalan electronic group from Barcelona, consisting of Dolo Beltrán (vocals), Caïm Riba Pastor (guitar, synthesisers and programming) and Pauet Riba Pastor (programming and visuals.)
After studying visual and digital arts and multimedia, the brothers Pauet and Caïm Riba Pastor formed the group as an audio-visual project in 1996. As a duo, they released the experimental electronic albums 'Trip show audio visual tecno simfonic' (1998) and 'Cosmossoma' (2000) with the latter featuring their father Pau Riba, a famous Catalan rock artist from the 1970s. However neither album achieved commercial success.
In 2000 to strengthen the project, they added former professional actress Dolo Beltran as vocalist and songwriter and abandoned the experimental efforts in search of a more accessible sound.
The group achieved their breakthrough in 2004 with the track 'Lola' reaching the Spanish top ten. The eponymous parent album 'Pastora' achieved commercial success the following year, blending electronica, trip hop, Spanish guitars with techno beats. The album also contained the hits 'Mirona', 'Lunes' and 'Mentira'. Both the album and its follow-up earned the trio a gold record.
After a two-year gap the group returned in 2006 with the album 'La Vida Moderna'. A concept album backed by Pauet's striking and often psychedelic videos. The album earned the trio a 2006 Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. The first single to be taken from the album was 'Desolado' which reached number 1 on the Spanish radio playlists chart and also became the most requested song on Spanish music stations. 2008 saw the release of the 'Circuitos de lujo' album which was seen as a change in musical direction from electronica to a more pop rock direction. Following a remix album, 'Pastora RMX ED', in 2009, the band returned in January 2011, with their fourth studio album featuring Dolo Beltran. The album 'Un viaje en noria', was described as "ecletic and fun, fusing electronic sounds with acoustic instruments."Wide ThumbClearartFanartBanner User Comments