Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sounds of the Day #135/2016: L'Avenir (1)/ Miguel Prado, Nzʉmbe (1) / Trepaneringsritualen (1,2,3,4,5)

L'Avenir - Engineer EP (2015)

Nzʉmbe  - Titubeo (2015)
A project by Miguel Prado: Built upon a musical bed of modular electronics, guitar, keyboards and percussion, and featuring musical contributions from fellow Iberians Rafael and Roberto Mallo, Ruth Barberán and Alfredo Costa Monteiro, the record’s seven tracks are comprised of several nakedly emotional structures that most closely bring to mind the decadent lyricism of late-70s music and general culture. Unashamedly romantic, the songs waltz through references to disenchantment, affection and humiliation, allowing for grand gestures, electrical explosions and hammering repetitions to tower over the music while the voice maintains a steady and melodramatic tone throughout. The vocals themselves are often heavily processed and broken down to digital shards, reinforcing an unusual disembodiment of the voice.What in most records is taken for granted –the sound of the recorded voice- here is laid bare in all its isolation, vulnerability and exposure. Coupled with the music’s sharp and dramatic tone, it makes for an intricate and memorable atmosphere. Titubeo is a cycle of modern baroque love songs.

Trepaneringsritualen - The Totality of Death (2015)

Trepaneringsritualen - Perfection & Permanence (2014)

Trepaneringsritualen - Papist Pretender (2014)

Trepaneringsritualen - Judas Goat (2014)

Trepaneringsritualen Konung Dómaldr Vid Upsala Hängd by Trepaneringsritualen (2014)