15 de agosto de 2015

Music Alliance Pact de agosto com Pequeno Céu representando o Brasil

O Meio Desligado é o representante brasileiro no Music Alliance Pact, projeto global que envolve 20 blogs especializados em música, de diferentes países, que mensalmente realiza uma coletânea com bandas independentes/alternativas. Todo dia 15 é publicada a coletânea com uma música escolhida pelo representante de seu respectivo país de origem. Você pode fazer download da coletânea completa ou escutar as faixas individualmente, clicando no nome de cada uma delas.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Julieta y Los Espíritus - El Látigo (Modex remix)
This is a song from the new project of Julieta Brotsky (aka July Sky). It's not the original version from the album, but a great remix released a couple of weeks ago by post-punk band Modex. Julieta's beautiful voice can also be heard on several tracks by indie-pop band Entre Ríos, and in Varias Artistas, the female ensemble put together by singer-songwriter Lucas Marti.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
These Guy - Coming Around
Brisbane trio These Guy was originally the solo project of singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Saxby. Latest track Coming Around combines the lofty vocals and downer lyrics of Saxby's earlier work. Along with buoyant pop production, the result is a track that's interesting at every turn. The absence of any kind of rhythm guitar leaves Saxby's vocals and synth-fiddling to carry the melodic weight of the track. Coming Around is a testament to Saxby's ear for off-kilter production and hopefully points to a more experimental/avant-pop future for These Guy.

BRASIL: Meio Desligado
Pequeno Céu - Quatro
O sexteto de pós-rock Pequeno Céu começou como um projeto solo há alguns anos até lançar seu primeiro disco cheio em 2014. A banda se difere de outros grupos de math/pós-rock por suas influências brasileiras e simplicidade nas músicas, como esta "Quatro", disponível aqui. Para fãs de BADBADNOTGOOD, Hurtmold e Tortoise.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo
Mauno - Reeling
Experimental shapeshifters Mauno (pronounced mao-no) reel you in with their off-kilter pop tunes. The Halifax group is unafraid to test you with their strange sounds.

CHILE: Super 45
AYEAYE - A Medianoche Me Llevaré Tu Alma
After the dissolution of the duo Mostro, and following the many collaborations with Chilean/German DJ Matias Aguayo, the producer and illustrator Carlos Reinoso decided to embark on AYEAYE, a project influenced by dance music as rhythmic experimentation. A Medianoche Me Llevaré Tu Alma ("At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul) is his first single.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Danicattack - Perdónate
A feeling of being home defines Danicattack. This Bogota quintet, led by Daniel Lopez, is always exploring new ideas through lyrics and sounds. Their song Perdónate recalls a world of dreams intermingled with the material reality of bodies, as we can see it in the video.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
ONBC - White Trash
Risen from the ashes of Oliver North Boy Choir and comprising members who have been and still are part of Superheroes, Private, The Boombox Hearts and epo-555, ONBC released their dreamy and melancholic indie-pop debut Crash, Burn & Cry back in May. Here's first single White Trash as a MAP exclusive download.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Pastizales - La Casa y La Nada
Pastizales is the solo project of Bernardo Arevalo, who brings us a refreshing lo-fi folk sound. From his debut six-track EP we proudly present La Casa y La Nada, a single that takes the listener into a deeply relaxing, wonderful environment.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Sajama Cut - Fatamorgana
Fatamorgana is taken from Hobgoblin, the latest album by Jakarta indie-rock outfit Sajama Cut. This song is for every father who never gives up raising their kids with love and compassion in the big city of evil.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Bitch Falcon - TMJ
TMJ is the third single from highly-rated, grungy Dublin trio Bitch Falcon, who are taking the Irish capital's sticky-floored corners by storm. Named after the temporomandibular joint (which joins the jaw to the rest of the skull), it's poppy and melodic by this particular act's standards, but nevertheless appropriately face-melting. One to pump up the bass on and let their rhythms pummel the base of your soles. Bitch Falcon are one of the most promising rock acts that Ireland has produced this decade.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Clone - Follow Me
The bulk of Follow Me, from Tokyo bedroom track maker Clone, draws sounds from the Nintendo video game Pikmin. The plant people players guide around to collect treasure are the primary source, the sound of them being thrown and generally squeaking being the go-to for Clone. Yet this is not merely a bit of video game nostalgia, as Clone constructs it all into a fast-paced dance number that blooms into something quite madcap.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Xtruppaw - Iċ-Ċawl Iċul
Five-piece Xtruppaw play a concoction of styles such as punk-rock, ska, 80s metal, 70s disco, Maltese ghana and country and western. The truly distinguishing feature of the band's music is the lyrics. Xtruppaw songs are all, without exception, sung in Maltese about the Maltese lifestyle, zooming into the raw and crude perspective of the mundane, pointing out the absurdities that we all take for granted with a tongue-in-cheek and often irreverent approach. Xtruppaw have recorded and released two full-length albums to date.

MEXICO: RBMA Radio Panamérika
Turning Torso - Up
Through his landscapist and often acidic compositions, David Sánchez - a young artist from Querétaro creating clever, stirring electronic music under the Turning Torso moniker - is capable of exploring and transmitting a wide variety of complex emotions with his superbly arranged productions. On Up, Turning Torso densely weaves an uplifting yet murky atmosphere whose shape acquires a crooked appearance as the piece progresses. Throwing in some IDM beats that bring to mind the textures of Autechre and his characteristic jazz guitar work which serves as a sort of guide in the middle of the track, Sánchez manifests a robust framework nurtured by a vast intellect.

Diorama - Travelling
Diorama is a Lima-based instrumental rock band. They released their first EP in 2013, which was met with critical acclaim. Travelling is a song filled with moments of beauty and elegance.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Joana Barra Vaz - Tanto Faz
Tanto Faz is the first single from the new Joana Barra Vaz album, Mergulho Em Loba, due out later this year. Mergulho Em Loba is part of a trilogy started in 2012 with Passeio Pelo Trilho. Joana's music will please fans of the kind of indie-pop started by Leslie Feist.

The Insomniac Project - In And Out (Of My Head)
This debut single by The Insomniac Project wears its 80s disco influences loud and proud and has all the ingredients of a synth-pop dancefloor classic. With the Glasgow six-piece having teased with a few SoundCloud demo uploads over the past year, it's a privilege to offer In And Out (Of My Head) exclusively via the Music Alliance Pact ahead of its official release on August 31.

Floating Island - Parade
Electronica quartet Floating Island released third single Parade this month. The festive pop number is produced by Floating Island member Flash Flood Darlings (our March 2015 MAP artist) together with main songwriter NoohNooh.

30 de junho de 2015

Cícero na coletanea Music Alliance Pact de junho

O Meio Desligado é o representante brasileiro no Music Alliance Pact, projeto global que envolve 20 blogs especializados em música, de diferentes países, que mensalmente realiza uma coletânea com bandas independentes/alternativas. Todo dia 15 é publicada a coletânea com uma música escolhida pelo representante de seu respectivo país de origem (publicada com atraso por aqui). Você pode fazer download da coletânea completa ou escutar as faixas individualmente, clicando no nome de cada uma delas.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Ciudadano Toto - Esta Canción
Last month Argentina's independent music scene mourned the sudden death of Adrián Nievas, aka Ciudadano Toto, lead singer of electro-pop group Adicta. An all-time favorite of Zonaindie, Adicta was perhaps one of the most underrated bands of the last decade, so if you never listened to them you deserve to (all their albums are one click away). This month's MAP song is a home-recorded cover version of Cuban legend Silvio Rodríguez that he used to open his recent solo concerts. Sophomore album Flores, Brillos y Arcoiris was released just a couple of months ago). RIP.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Bicentennial - Sleeper Train
Hailing from Marrickville, a suburb in Sydney's warehouse district, Bicentennial (Jess Cooper) writes and produces dark but delicate soundscapes layered underneath reverberated chant-like vocals. She cites backpacking around the globe as a major inspiration to her music, which is easy to see in this track's title with any remaining inspiration coming from her white pet parrot Jai-Chai, whom she claims is never far from her shoulder.

BRASIL: Meio Desligado
Cícero - Isabel (Carta De Um Pai Aflito)
This song is from Cícero's third album, A Praia, released a few months ago. Its lyrics are about a father regretting the loss of his daughter, who left home to experience life. The album has elements of traditional indie-rock and Brazilian popular music, usually referred to as MPB.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo
Mallory Scott - Levitate
Mallory Scott's electro-pop creeps into the deep crevices of the night, but in his latest track Levitate the beats also seep deep into your soul and the melodies into your consciousness.

CHILE: Super 45 Nva Picton - Estar
Nva Picton is a duo formed by Miguel Gálvez and Andrés San Martín. It's also one of the most interesting projects that the Chilean musical scene has bred. Without framing it in a specific genre, they put together experimental RnB, avant-garde electronica and club music in a package that keeps its coherence, regardless of their ambitions. Their single Estar is taken from their first work, EP.01 (Sudamerican Records, 2015).

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
La Sabrosura Dura - La Mona
Bogota's La Sabrosura Dura is a hard project to explain. Some call them salsa punk. The septet feel the rhythm in their veins, but they don't require the audience to be skilled in the arts of salsa or tropical rhythms. Indeed, they prefer that the public enjoy it as they please, whether they know the dance or not. They were a sensation at this year's SXSW and are currently working on their new album. This song, La Mona, is named after one of the many affectionate names given to beer in Colombia.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
The New Investors - Atún
Born out of a love for 1960s surf and psychedelic pop, The New Investors have released eight digital singles so far (all on SoundCloud), but it is with their latest, Atún (video), they get it absolutely right. If this is the level we can expect of their debut album, due out in August 2015, it will be quite excellent.

Gallo Lester ft. La Montra & Yuriseibi - La Comparsa
El Gallo Lester started as a YouTube sensation with some weird mashups between current sociopolitical events and his own breed of "mambo metal" music, and it's quickly becoming an icon of shamelessness, social critique and rebellion. La Comparsa shares the spotlight with two more made-up characters: La Montra, a character made to resemble Rita Indiana's unique style, and Yuriseibi, a girl who's always dreamed of being produced by Lester. Be sure to check out his his YouTube channel's videos and parodies.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Van Fan Culo - Comí (feat. Jennifer Byron)
Efraaín Granizo is the mind behind Van Fan Culo, an electronic music project that blends different kinds of beats and genres like hard dance, industrial, house, glitch or bombatom. From his first album Ser Rojo Sería, distributed by the Mexican label Casete, we present single Comí featuring Jennifer Byron on vocals.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Sapphira Singgih - Lost Soul
Sapphira Singgih is a singer-songwriter who has been making her own songs in a lonely room for years. After singing with some of notable groups, mostly psychedelic rock'n'roll, she's ready to come out on her own.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
RiZA feat. Niwel Tsumbu - Kabembe
As an Irish-based guitarist with Congolese roots, Niwel Tsumbu is a superbly original artist drawing on a stunning array of influences. Kabembe blends central African rhythms and lingala language lyrics with an emotive tale of the day Tsumbu found out his daughter is not his biological relation. RiZA, Tsumbu's newest outlet, feature the best Irish-African music has to offer and already look set to make waves.

ITALY: Polaroid
MOOD - Sick Pride Nice Vibe
I know why I love MOOD: I saw them live before even knowing what they were going to do. There were these two very young kids on a big stage, only a guitar and a drum set. And then, it happened: they blew everyone away! It was math-rock, it was post-rock, it was loops on delays and rhythms overlapped. And it was very, very, very loud. Daniele and Francesco, just 18 years old now, have released a self-titled first album and shared a stage with the likes of J Mascis, Chain And The Gang and The Death Of Anna Karina.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Einsteins - Hypnotism
It is not quite hypnotic, but rather deeply dreamy. Einsteins have been making sweet electro-pop for a while now, but Hypnotism marks the moment where the group creates a song one wants to live in, a lush collection of synthesizers wherein the softly sung vocals snake through. Less a trance and more like a sweet bedtime escape.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Dripht - Green Dub
Formed in 1998, Dripht's music is a fusion of punk-rock with a reggae feel. To date Dripht has released three EPs - Dripht, Global Warning and Pacifista - and gained a sizeable following in Malta.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Siete Catorce - Respira
Marco Polo Gutiérrez, a young producer from Mexicali, Baja California living in Mexico City, works under many different monikers, yet has obtained most of his popularity as Siete Catorce. Like many of his best songs, Respira is designed to be consumed as an immersive experience as the producer steps into frenetic grooves and anxious spaces, which conclude with a very accurate tribal-esque beat. For an artist who is constantly releasing amazing tracks, he's certainly looking forward with this one.

Lagartijacarlo - Verano Par
Lagartijacarlo is a solo project that began in 2013. Carlo, its only member, composes and produces all his songs with an authentic lo-fi indie essence. His most recent release, Verano Par, is a six-track EP made mainly with a ukulele, a style he calls ukulele-pop.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Evols - Shelter
Evols are due to release their second album, Evols II, this autumn through Porto-based label Wasser Bassin. The quintet's new record has been in the works for the last two years and we are very excited by the first single, Shelter, which is backed with a video directed by Laetitia Morais.

The Van T's - Growler
The Van T's, led by grunge-loving twins Chloe and Hannah Van Thompson, might just take the Scottish festival scene by storm this summer. Since forming as a harmony-driven acoustic-folk duo, The Van T's have undergone a radical evolution. They're now a much noisier proposition with lashings of reverb and a Pixies-esque appreciation of pop distortion. The awesome Growler is taken from their debut EP.

Genius - 88 Years Old
True to their name, three-piece Genius deliver a mix of earnest and humorous lines set to garage-rock and punk. Following last year's celebrated album Beaches, this month the band returned with EP Lucky Mistake. Lead track 88 Years Old is a straightforward number with uplifting lyrics.

SPAIN: Musikorner
BeatLove - White Whale
BeatLove is an experimental electronic duo formed in 2009 by Bejamín Jiménez and Myriam Fernández, two lovers of rhythm. In 2014 they brought out debut album Interference, and most recently they released Wins, which includes remixes by Fernando Lagreca and Reykjavik 606.

23 de junho de 2015

Segunda edição do festival Vozes do Brasil acontece em BH entre 26 e 28 de junho

Criado pela jornalista Patricia Palumbo, o programa Vozes do Brasil está no ar em diversas rádios país afora e também na internet, sendo testemunha das transformações ocorridas nos últimos 17 anos da música brasileira. Após uma bem-sucedida primeira edição realizada em 2014, que contou com cinco noites com ingressos esgotados e nomes consagrados ao lado de novos representantes da música brasileira na programação (Karina Buhr, Marina Lima, Anelis Assumpção, Zélia Duncan, Ana Cañas, Flávio Renegado, Marina Machado, Marcelo Jeneci, Pedro Morais e Paulinho Moska), a segunda edição do Festival Vozes do Brasil acontecerá novamente no teatro Oi Futuro Klauss Vianna, desta vez entre os dias 26 e 28 de junho. Serão três noites com artistas que se destacam no cenário musical atual, selecionados por Palumbo:

Thiago Pethit (dia 26, sexta)
Mariana Aydar (dia 27, sábado)
Tiê + Makely Ka (dia 28, domingo)

As apresentações acontecerão às 21h e terão ingressos à venda por R$ 10 (meia-entrada) e R$ 20 (inteira). O encontro de Tiê com o multiartista Makely Ka é inédito (e inusitado); Thiago Pethit retorna à cidade cinco meses após lançar por aqui seu mais recente disco (que aconteceu no início do ano no festival Furor); e Mariana Aydar volta a apresentar seu show solo em BH após anos (em breve ela lança novo trabalho em parceria com o artista Nuno Ramos).

Sobre os artistas

Dia 26, sexta

Com formação em artes cênicas, Thiago Pethit estudou canto e composição em Buenos Aires e Paris. Lançou seu primeiro trabalho como músico em 2008, com o EP "Em outro lugar". Seu disco de estreia, "Berlim, Texas", (2010), rendeu a Pethit o prêmio Aposta MTV no VMB 2010 e levou seu show a diversas cidades brasileiras e a países como Argentina e Portugal. "Estrela Decadente", seu segundo disco, foi lançado em 2012 e ampliou a base de fãs do artista. Atualmente divulga seu terceiro CD, "Rock'nroll sugar darling" (2014), no qual apropria-se do rock em sua origem marginal, afetada, sexy e debochada para chegar a canções em que guitarras rockabilly e tambores à la Bo Diddley convivem com batidas eletrônicas, elementos digitais e samples.

Dia 27, sábado

Representante da nova safra de cantoras brasileiras surgidas nos anos 2000, Mariana Aydar possui três discos lançados e parcerias com grandes nomes da música brasileira no currículo. Sua música dialoga com a MPB, samba, forró e música afro-brasileira. Após dividir o palco com Elba Ramalho em BH no ano passado, Mariana retorna à cidade quase três anos após sua última apresentação solo por aqui. Nos próximos meses a cantora lançará seu quarto disco, desta vez em parceria com o multifacetado artista Nuno Ramos.

Dia 28, domingo

Cantora e compositora de voz doce e letras sinceras, Tiê tem três discos:  “Esmeraldas” (2014), “A Coruja e o Coração” (2011) e “Sweet Jardim” (2009). Já se apresentou em festivais como Rock In Rio (RJ e Lisboa), SXSW (Texas, EUA), Planeta Terra (SP) e Coquetel Molotov (Recife), além de ter se apresentado para 2 milhões de pessoas no Réveillon da Paulista.

Poeta, músico e produtor cultural, Makely Ka possui dois discos solo e uma extensa lista de composições gravadas por outros artistas, entre os quais estão nome como Ná Ozzetti, Aline Calixto e Estrela Leminski. O segundo álbum do compositor surgiu a partir de uma jornada de quase 2mil km pelo sertão mineiro, remetendo aos caminhos percorridos por Riobaldo, personagem do livro 'Grande sertão: veredas', de Guimarães Rosa.


Diferentemente do ano passado, quando fiz a coordenação de produção do festival, este ano trabalhei apenas na pré-produção e atuarei de forma diferente: cuidando do bar do festival. Quem chegar mais cedo também vai poder ouvir as playlists especiais de música brasileira que preparei pro Vozes. Aqui, um resumo do que foi a primeira edição do festival, em 2014.

15 de junho de 2015

Inscrições para a Virada Cultural de BH 2015

É bastante simples o processo de envio de propostas artísticas para a terceira edição da Virada Cultural de Belo Horizonte, que acontecerá entre 12 e 13 de setembro de 2015. O processo é todo online e acontece no site até o dia 3 de julho. As propostas devem solicitar remuneração máxima de R$ 3.000 e se enquadrar em uma das seguintes categorias: música, artes cênicas, artes visuais, cultura popular, literatura, intervenção urbana, feiras e mestre de cerimônias (veja a programação completa do ano passado). Os proponentes devem ser residentes de BH ou região metropolitana e é possível se inscrever como pessoa física ou jurídica (inclusive MEI).

Leia o regulamento e, em caso de dúvidas, existe também um tutorial sobre o processo de inscrição. Uma dica: todo o material técnico e de divulgação da banda (fotos, mapa de palco e rider) devem estar disponíveis online. Um bom serviço para hospedar os arquivos é o Copy (usando esse link pra se cadastrar você ganha 5GB de espaço adicionais).

Boa sorte.