Last week saw the release of a gorgeous, delicate and adventurous album, Vibra, from Portuguese musician JP Coimbra. The talented multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer has kept himself busy with many projects and collaborations for over two decades. Vibra, which translates from Portuguese as ‘vibrate’, marks his first solo release. An instrumental affair, the album blends together elements of neo classical, jazz and electronics and was recorded in various locations in Porto including a tube station, an underground river, a concert hall and a contemporary art gallery. Speaking about Vibra, Coimbra comments:
“It was written as a concept record rather than a random collection of pieces, with the objective of combine the plasticity of untreated public spaces and their inherent acoustic characteristics into the composition, the spaces becoming an extension of musical instruments. The reason for this was the idea that these locations, with their geometry and materials, would change the way we played the music and would inspire changes in their composition… and it worked!!”
For a taste of what’s on offer, listen to ‘Invincible Summer’, one of the sublime and striking tracks off the album. It comes with an accompanying video directed by Vasco Mendes and you watch it below.
Vibra is out now through Cognitive Shift Recordings