22 de setembro de 2015

Inscrições abertas para o seminário/festival Sonâncias, em BH

Que tal ter a oportunidade de se apresentar para importantes profissionais do mercado musical brasileiro?

Entre os dias 18 e 25 de setembro artistas de todo o país podem se inscrever para realizar um showcase de 30 minutos no Sonâncias, mistura de seminário e festival que a Quente (minha produtora) realizará em BH entre os dias 27 e 30 de outubro.

Estarão presentes representantes de importantes festivais, casas de show, gestores públicos, jornalistas e outros membros da indústria musical, entre os quais estão profissionais ligados a iniciativas como os festivais Recbeat e Sonar, Slap/Som Livre, Skol Music, Multishow, Casa do Mancha, Semana Internacional da Música de SP, Balaclava Records e outros.

Serão selecionados 3 artistas para se apresentarem entre os dias 27 e 29 de outubro (um em cada dia). Os artistas selecionados para o showcase receberão uma ajuda de custo de R$ 600 ou 50% da bilheteria líquida, prevalecendo o maior valor. Após o showcase, cada noite terá também um show de um artista convidado (a programação completa será divulgada em outubro).

As inscrições são gratuitas e realizadas online. Pra participar é só ler o regulamento e preencher o formulário no site

15 de setembro de 2015

Music Alliance Pact de setembro

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
Argonautas - Perfecto
With a career that spans more than 20 years, this independent prog-rock band from Ramos Mejia, a Buenos Aires suburb, performed a couple of shows last month after being inactive for quite some time. So we thought it was a great opportunity to share this fine track from Argonautas' third album, also called Perfecto.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Jack Colwell - Don't Cry Those Tears
On his latest EP, Only When Flooded Could I Let Go, classically trained musician Jack Colwell blends the popular and the arcane to stunning effect. He has a grand vision and the chops to pull it off, creating compositions that dabble in everything from chamber-pop to doo-wop. Don't Cry Those Tears, a tribute to 60s pop, brings together strings, organ and a small choir with the seamlessness of a jigsaw puzzle. As a vocalist Colwell is often compared to Nick Cave and Patrick Wolf, and his performance on Don't Cry Those Tears is an expert balance of melodrama and levity. He is undoubtedly an artist to keep your eye on.

BRASIL: Meio Desligado
Emicida - Mandume
Brazil's most famous rapper, Emicida, has just released a new album in which he explores themes about urban life in his homeland, mixing it with African rhythms. In Mandume, he's surrounded by a group of new Brazilian MCs: Drik Barbosa, Amiri, Rico Dalasam, Muzzike and Raphao Alaafin.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo
Mieke - Sleeping Alone
You may recognize Elissa Mielke (aka Mieke) as the model in The Weeknd and Drake's video for The Zone, but she has her own thing going on. Her goosebump-inducing single Sleeping Alone reminds us all that there are worse things in the world than being alone.

CHILE: Super 45
Planeta No - Sol a Sol
Planeta No is one of the most promising acts in Chilean pop. Gonzalo García, Camilo Molina and Juan Pablo Garin, who released first EP Matucana in 2014, make perfect music for the dancefloor with guitars, synths and harmonies. The single Sol a Sol is taken from debut album Odio, which came out in August.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Anyone/Cualkiera - En Cualquier Parte
From Medellín, as part of the No Rules Clan, we introduce Anyone/Cualkiera, who have been making hip-hop for more than five years. Their latest work, Tiempo Libre EP, is very interesting, not only for its collaborations - which includes Kario One on En Cualquier Parte - but for its approach to old school and reflection of Medellín life.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian
Palace Winter - Menton
Palace Winter - aka Danish producer/synth wizard Caspar Hesselager and Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman - release their five-song debut EP, Medication, on October 2. Here's the awesome second single Menton as a MAP exclusive download.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Andes Music Machine - Stray Song
Andes Music Machine were formed by Pinteiro, an electronic musician from Quito, and The Pineda Brothers, who belong to the indigenous community of Peguche in the Andes of Ecuador. They play Andean music with electronic and traditional instruments, creating a sound that represents new Latin American music beyond the popular cumbia.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Peonies - Truth
Peonies are Cinta Marezi, Jodi Setiawan and Paramitha Citta. They come from Jakarta and love to sing and dance in an indie-pop style.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Overhead, The Albatross - Big River Man
Having forged a reputation as a truly stunning live band, Overhead, The Albatross have finally unveiled the first single from their long-awaited debut album, out shortly. Big River Man is about Slovenian distance swimmer Martin Strel and contains the band's usual swirling guitars and complex, beguiling layering. It's loud yet nuanced, jagged yet melodic, and entirely instrumental. You need to hear it.

ITALY: Polaroid
Any Other - Gladly Farewell
Adele Nigro is only 21, but she has been making lovely folk-pop with intense lyrics and a strong attitude for years. She reminds me young songwriters such as Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee or Eskimeaux. Adele recently formed a trio called Any Other, who released their debut album this month (available at Bandcamp) and it is the best new voice I have heard in a while.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Takeaki Oda - Loop
The term chillwave presumably vanished from many music fans' heads several years ago, but the microgenre persists in Japan, with lots of great results. Takeaki Oda is the latest Tokyo artist to embrace it and Loop is an absorbing number that makes dusting off classic terms such as "sun-dappled" worth it. He adds a level of familiarity by weaving in some childhood sounds, at least if you played the Nintendo 64.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Norm Rejection - The Radical Underground
Norm Rejection formed in 1994 and are the country's first metal band to have both English and Maltese lyrics. With three albums and two EPs to their name, they fuse different styles into a distinctive metal sound. Norm Rejection are known for their songs of rebellion and liberation as well as their powerful live performances.

MEXICO: RBMA Radio Panamérika
Selma Oxor - Luna Llena
Based on the tracks we've heard so far from the upcoming Fantasías de Tocador, Selma Oxor appears to be stretching the electroclash foundation of her sassy project into nastier zones. Although musically more restrained (we have yet to encounter a killer guitar riff like the ones found in Dotes de Cocina or Jungle Juice) and naked, Oxor feels terribly confident in her vocal acrobatics that have been pushed to the foreground. In Luna Llena, the former Bam Bam member adopts a vamp persona while carrying a batch of bubblegum synths and a threatening ambience that's as lustful as it is catchy.

Los Lagartos - Invierno
Los Lagartos recently launched their La Luz Del Mediodía EP, influenced by American jangle-pop and 80s British rock. Invierno, the fifth track of this remarkable record, is a fresh tribute to British rock played under Lima's grey sky.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Few Fingers - From Pale To Red
Few Fingers (Nuno Rancho and André Pereira) release their debut album, Burning Hands, this month. They have a beautiful indie-folk sound, as you can hear on From Pale To Red, which is backed by this video directed by Tiago Gomes. Nuno Rancho was also featured in the Music Alliance Pact's December 2008 edition when he released his first solo album.

Daydream Frenzy - Pride & Wonder
Daydream Frenzy are one of the most promising alternative rock bands to emerge from Scotland in quite some time, with support from Kerrang! magazine and an endorsement from Tom Delonge of Blink-182 fame testament to the very obvious talent this Aberdeenshire trio possesses. Daydream Frenzy released debut album Pride & Wonder in March - seek it out on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify. Its title track (see video), presented here as an exclusive free download, perfectly encapsulates their appeal: jumbo choruses, exceptionally strong melodies and accomplished musicianship.

Tierpark - Bullfight
Seoul-based dreamgaze outfit Tierpark release second album The Moment Two Worlds Meet this month. Showcasing the band's characteristic dynamic sound, Bullfight offers intense progressions and captivating guitar lines perfectly complemented by Sehee Kim's vocals.

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.