Angélica Salvi announces new album, Habitat, and shares lead single ‘Crina’

Photo: Dinis Santos

Earlier this month Porto-based Spanish harpist Angélica Salvi announced the release of her new full-length album. Entitled Habitat, it follows to her 2019 debut album Phantone and it arrives on November 4th through Lovers & Lollypops. Her own habitat and her relation to it is what informs and influences the album. “Each of the songs is a sensory memory that can be relived over and over again, with changing nuances and subtleties”, describes the press release. “Memories captured and reproduced infinitely through labyrinthine patterns and sound textures, ambiguous melodies and flourishing harmonies that fluctuate, coexist and interact with other beings or elements in their universe of minimal language”.

Ahead of the album’s release, Salvi has shared the enchanting and beautiuful ‘Crina’, which translates from Portuguese as mane or horsehair and she describes the track as “the feeling of riding a horse… A journey into the unknown.” ‘Crina’ is offered with a video directed by filmmaker André Gil Mata. “He said he really enjoys to look at my hands when I play. He says it is like a dance,” Salvi said speaking about it. “He imagined my hands mimetized with a natural habitat. I told him I was imagining a mimetic atmosphere in the whole album: with water, plants, sand… so he chose plants, moss and water.”

Watch the video for ‘Crina’ now.

Le Guess Who?’s Who 2022: Thiago Nassif

There’s less than three weeks to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.

 

Thiago Nassif

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Performing Sunday 13th November

Ever prolific, phenomenal multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Thiago Nassif counts numerous audacious projects under his belt, spanning a wide spectrum of artistic expression in the fields of music, photography, architecture and plastic arts. A mainstay in the Brazilian music scene, he conquered our ears with his 2020 Arto Lindsay-coproduced Mente, an album of bewildering scope incorporating elements of everything from no-wave, electronic music, Tropicalismo, jazz, rock and pop. When we asked Thiago for his 3 recommendations for the festival, he got carried away and picked 5 artists. Find out who they are below, with a few words from him.

 

Oumou Sangaré

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Performing Sunday 13th November

“I hear guitars that intrigues me and sounds from my ancestors.”

Zs

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Performing Friday 11th November

“I heard of them from Arto Lindsay, Northern Spy is one of the labels I enjoy the most. Curious to see what kind of performance they will bring to the festival”

Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul

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Performing Saturday 12th November

“Got in touch with them by Instagram, It was great to get to know a little bit of their electronic and performatic music”

chamæleon

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Performing Sunday 13th November

“My middle name is Farah, so I’m Thiago Farah Nassif. Her poetry about our common name made me understand more about my roots”

DJ Diaki

Performing Saturday 12th November (as part of Nyege Nyege presents African High Tempo)

“Bella who’s playing electronics with me on this tour, among with Claudio Brito (percussion), is a sound and visual artist, she got me into the Nyege Nyege mix tapes, couldn’t believe what I was hearing, it sounds to me that the way they create their music music relates a lot with the Brazilian Funk movement we have here, very cutting edge”

Le Guess Who? will take place 10-13 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And take a look at other artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.

Flash Amazonas to release new album, uva-uva, next week

Photo: Guillermo Latorre.

Madrid based Colombian musician Julián Mayorga and Japanese producer/multi-instrumentalist Ryota Miyake crossed paths by chance in 2015 when both took up residency for two weeks at Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal. Not long after, working remotely from their respective homes in Madrid and Tokyo, the two artists started trading ideas back-and-forth and Flash Amazonas came into being. Self-described as a “modern band emulating a 90s band, emulating a 60s band”, Flash Amazonas named the project after an Ecuadorian money transfer business. A fruitful partnership, the pair released their debut record, Binary Birds, in 2019 and in just a week they are following it up with uva-uva. Uva translates from Spanish as grape, and on uva-uva the pair serve a flavourful plate of exhilarating compositions, taking in influences including DIY punk bolero and scrappy Latin no-wave. “I imagine this album tasting like bubblegum-flavoured grape” said Mayorga of the upcoming album.

uva-uva is due out on October 28th through 60Nice and ahead of it Flash Amazonas have released three singles, the latest being ‘La Reina Es Un Largato’ (The Queen Is a Lizard), which is described as “a post-pandemic conspiracy theorists fever dream of vaccine questions, reptilian overlords and Michael Jackson moonwalking controversy, set to a jarring & grimy Brazilian samba”. Listen to it below and straight after listen to the previous singles, ‘Panda’ & ‘Ulolo’.


Christina Vantzou shares new single, ‘Kimona I’, from upcoming album, No. 5

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Christina Vantzou is preparing to drop her new album, No.5, on November 11th through Kranky. With the release date nearing, and following the mysterious ‘Red Eel Dream’ and the magnificent and immersive ‘Surreal Presence (for SH and FM)’, the phenomenal composer and visual artist has shared a new single titled ‘Kimona I’, and a visual accompaniment featuring footage from Lizzie Borden’s 1983 feminist film, Born in Flames. Speaking about it, Vantzou commented:

“Filmed in the early 80’s, mainly in the East Village, largely with friends, non-actors and activists, Born in Flames is a film about work, class & race divisions, and organized revolt. Meanwhile on No. 5, ‘Kimona 1 & Kimona II’ were written for workers, specifically low-wage employees at giant institutions.”

Of her collaboration with Christina Vantzou Lizzie Borden said:

“I was honored when Christina Vantzou approached me with her beautiful piece of music “Kimona I,” accompanied by scenes from my film “Born In Flames”. As we collaborated, I was stunned to see familiar images take on new meaning when set against her haunting, elegiac music. Thank you for your exquisite work, Christina.”

Watch the video for ‘Kimona I’ below.

Listen to s t a r g a z e’s second single, ‘Voicecream’, composed by Arone Dyer

Photo: Reiner Pfisterer

Berlin-based experimental ensemble s t a r g a z e is gearing up to release their much anticipated One, an orchestral suite composed for them by Tyondai Braxton, Nik Colk Void, Greg Saunier, Arone Dyer and Aart Strootman. Following the monumental Recollection Pulse #3’ composed by Nik Colk Void, s t a r g a z e have shared a second single, ‘Voicecream’, composed by Arone Dyer. She comments:

“it was such a foreign process to create – I typically write in real time, improvising with others, but this piece I wrote alone on Ableton, mostly with my vocals and MIDI, creating what I thought sounded like a realistic arrangement. Then, knowing nothing of the range or key of the instruments, I worked with trumpet / horn player Romain Bly to arrange the piece for s t a r g a z e, and we sent individual parts along with a click track to each of the performers to record on their own. Without a conductor some interesting twists and turns came about which I had to correct in post-production. I tried to make all the individually recorded instruments sound like they were coming from the same place. I learned so much in the process and it was really fun.”

Listen to ‘Voicecream’ below and watch out for the release of One on November 25th through Transgressive Records.

Ben LaMar Gay announces new album, Certain Reveries, and shares lead single ‘Água Futurism’

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There’s wonderful news from musical polymath Ben LaMar Gay, who has yesterday announced the release of a new album, following last year’s outstanding and adventurous Open Arms to Open Us. Entitled Certain Reveries, the album will see the light of day on November 11th through International Anthem. As the press release describes, Certain Reveries is “a collection of work involving sound, fabric, movement, rivers, shadows, Lagosian memories, light and listening”.

Performed in duo with percussionist Tommaso Moretti, the album was originally filmed by Chris Strong for EFG London Jazz Fest’s live-stream program in 2020. At the time, the tremendously talented and versatile composer, multi-instrumentalist, singer and poet presented Certain Reveries in three parts, each divided by a short film conceptualized, choreographed, and directed by him, as a tribute to the late multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Eddie Harris.

Alongside the announcement, Gay has shared the album’s lead single, ‘Água Futurism’, a staggering 11-minute piece offered with a live video directed by Chris Strong. Watch it now.

In other related good news, Ben LaMar Gay is returning to the UK/EU this Autumn for a series of live dates, which includes a London show at The Barbican as part of CHICAGOxLONDON 2022. See the full run of dates below:

Oct 28 – Klub Stodoła, Warsaw, Poland
Oct 29 – Opus Jazz Club, Budapest, Hungary
Oct 30 – Fauves! Festival, Rome, Italy
Nov 2 – Jazzclub Fasching, Stockholm, Sweden
Nov 3 – Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany
Nov 4 – art.ist, Wiesbaden, Germany
Nov 5 – Palace, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Nov 6 – Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, Germany
Nov 8 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium
Nov 9 – Teatro Spazio 89, Milan, Italy
Nov 11 – Sala Vanni, Firenze, Italy
Nov 12 – Barbican Centre, London, England