Leonor Watling first registered with U.S. audiences as Alicia, a beautiful ballet student lying in a coma in Pedro Almodovar’s 2002 film Talk to Her. And while the Spanish actress has done other movies, it seems she’s more of a singer these days. When I heard that she dueted with Uruguayan artist Jorge Drexler in his upcoming album Amar La Trama (out March 16), I went looking for further evidence of her musical skills.
Aside from learning that Watling has a son with Drexler, I also found out that she’s in a trio called Marlango, which is getting ready to put out their fourth album. Life in the Treehouse (March 2; Universal Music Spain) is a collection of English-language songs that is said to be the band’s happiest production yet. Apparently their previous CDs were jazzier and more soulful (think Norah Jones) while this one veers more towards pop.
Still, Watling’s throaty, sultry voice stands out. Check out the video for the album’s first single “The Long Fall” and hear it for yourselves: