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15 de abril de 2009

Experiências musicais alternativas ao redor do planeta: Musica Alliance Pact de abril!

Blogs de 25 países escrevendo sobre as bandas alternativas de seus respectivos países e, no dia 15 de cada mês, republicando uma coletânea mundial com um artista de cada um desses países. Quem acompanha o Meio Desligado há algum tempo sabe que ele faz parte dessa iniciativa, intitulada Music Alliance Pact, é o representante brasileiro na rede, ao lado de blogs de países tão distintos quanto Finlândia e México.

A coletânea desse mês tem uma pegada tipicamente indie, algo que não foi combinado entre os integrantes da MAP e que particularmente não me agrada tanto. Seguindo uma linha um pouco diferente, muito mais experimental, minha escolha em abril é uma das bandas mais incríveis a surgir na história da música brasileira, a Hurtmold. Banda tão complexa e com material de tão alta qualidade que me neguei a tentar defini-lo. Cada pessoa deve ouvir e ter sua "experiência Hurtmold", nesse caso, através da música com o impagável título de "Música política para Maradona cantar". Alguma dúvida de que os caras da banda são gênios?

ALEMANHA: Blogpartei
Lali PunaNin-Com-Pop
Lali Puna is another band from the great Weilheim circle led by Valerie Trebeljahr. Established in 1998, I consider them to have a higher creative potential than recently featured The Notwist, where her boyfriend and Lali Puna fellow Markus Acher is playing. Nin-Com-Pop is a song from their second album Scary World Theory. A new record will be released later this year.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
Chau FanBoletos De Tren
"Chau Fan é uma dupla menino-menina de indie folk (ou anti-folk?) de Buenos Aires, formada por Micaela Quinteros e Marcelo Lares. Os dois cantam e tocam violão e, nesta canção específica, Micaela faz um charmoso solo de harmônica. "Boletos De Tren" estará presente em uma coletânea feita pelo Zonaindie que apresentará cinco músicas de bandas que nunca tiveram a oportunidade de gravar em estúdios profissionais (nós os convidamos ao estúdio e os ajudamos a gravar). Considere esta canção uma exclusividade da MAP."

AUSTRÁLIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Lisa MitchellCoin Laundry
"Sim, esta poderia facilmente ser a trilha de um comercial de iPod Nano, mas essa acessibilidade arrebatadora é uma qualidade terrivelmente difícil de se ter em uma música. Quem esperaria que um antigo participante da versão australiana do American Idol produzisse algo que prestasse? Esta é uma canção adorável e espero que toque bastante."

BRASIL: Meio Desligado
HurtmoldMúsica Política Para Maradona Cantar
Prefiro não tentar explicar o Hurtmold. Você tem que ouvir e sentir. É mais do que música, é uma experiência.

CANADÁ: I(Heart)Music
Dinosaur BonesNYE
"Dinosaur Bones estão atraindo todas as atenções em torno de seu EP de estreia e esta cançao faz com que seja fácil descobrir o motivo disso. Eles misturam The National e uma sensibilidade pop-inglesa resultando em algo bastante singular."

CHILE: Super 45
The Same SkyWe Sleep Under The Same Sky
The Same Sky is the music project of Joseph Simon, a 15-year-old Chilean who was born in Canada. It is precisely this biographic fact that can define his music – warm guitar sounds of slow rhythm alongside a smooth voice heavily influenced by bands such as Beirut, Arcade Fire and The National. The recent release of his first album (Two Hearts / Apart Under The Same Sky) supports this feeling of songs as a perfect soundtrack for winter days spent at home, enjoying the natural melancholy.

CINGAPURA: I'm Waking Up To...
Astreal Snowflake
Some may say that when you're in love, the stars align. For Astreal, love is more of a cosmic collision course between stars and planetary bodies. In the unassumingly titled Snowflake, there lies so much destructive potential in a love so intense that, yes, even "the stars, they burn for you". Taken from their second album Fragments Of The Same Dead Star, the song combines the melodic infatuations of shoegaze with the aural impudence of noise-rock for a blistering and haunting love song that almost borders on maniacal obsession. Is this love? That's for you to decide.

ToxicbiasfleurivyParallel Assembly
GDM duo Toxicbiasfleurivy might not be the obvious choice for MAP but their latest album, Particles, provided an interesting exception from my usual listening when it was released late March. Electronic, experimental and pretty much the opposite of easy listening, the listener is advised to enjoy astral emotions while digesting this music inspired by quantum physics.

DINAMARCA: All Scandinavian
Ruhan DaisyWe Know You
There's quite a bit of post-rock going on in Scandinavia these days, one brilliant act being this Danish quintet. It's grandiose, funky with bits of (acid) jazz thrown into the mix and sports an equilibristic sense of detail. Ruhan Daisy's crowning achievement, however, is their catchy pop sensibility driving the complex compositions out of nerd-country into the mainstream. At least that's how it should be.

ESCÓCIA: The Pop Cop
There Will Be FireworksForeign Thoughts
Bands of the calibre of There Will Be Fireworks are far too rare, but that's not a bad thing because you'll end up appreciating them all the more. Although TWBF seem like the perfect new students in Scotland's renowned post-rock school, their take on the genre is far more moving and lyrically impassioned than anything that has gone before them. Foreign Thoughts, taken from the Glaswegians' forthcoming eponymous debut album, has the beautiful intensity of a Band Of Horses classic and will stay with you long after its three-and-a-half minutes are up.

ESPANHA: El Blog De La Nadadora
AnntonaNunca Es Tarde
Apart from his membership in the band Los Punsetes, Manu has a solo project called Anntona, in which he makes the best pop songs imaginable. He has just released his second album, En La Cama Con Anntona ("In Bed With Anntona") which contains 10 fizzy and addictive pop pearls such as opening track Nunca Es Tarde.

ESTADOS UNIDOS: I Guess I'm Floating
Thing OneMop Yards
New Jersey's Thing One have been on my radar since last year when I first heard a few tracks from their debut album You'll Be Fine. Mop Yards brings traces of The Smiths and ELO into the new millennium with strange electronic warbles and dancey synth patches. Singer Joey Palestina creates a veritable summer anthem with the repeated line, "The heat is non-stop, hide the women in cop cars". Whatever that means, Joey, I feel ya.

INGLATERRA: The Daily Growl
Alessi's ArkThe Horse
Alessi's Ark is west London teenage sensation Alessi Laurent-Marke and here is the single version of The Horse from the Mike Mogis-produced new album, out next month.

PalmaRide Around
After a couple of years in the making, Helsinki band Palma recently released their debut album Be Bold And Mighty Forces Will Come To Your Aid. Palma refers to an old soda drink in Finland and the band, indeed, produce some refreshing indie-pop songs, rooted in the classic sounds of the 70s, and with a danceable groove. It's retro and modern. For fans of The Soundtrack Of Our Lives and Supergrass.

FRANÇA: SoundNation
SundogsSo Close
Sundogs are a French band who live in London but play in both England and France. The group is made up of two guys - bassist Jeff ("le petit blond") and Pierre on guitar. The other musicians are French or English guests, depending on where they are playing.

IRLANDA: Nialler9
202sEase My Mind
There was a general air of being caught unaware in the Irish media and bloggers when this duo's debut landed on their desks. Without any gigs and already signed to French label Le Son Du Maquis, their charming Primal Scream and Broadcast-indebted indie-pop has skipped a few hurdles without skipping on the tunes.

ISLÂNDIA: I Love Icelandic Music
Lay LowLast Time Around
Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir is a 26-year-old half-Sri Lankan, half-Icelandic singer, born in London. She sings under the name Lay Low and her music is a combination of blues, folk and country. This year, Lovísa has already supported Emiliana Torrini on tour and signed a record deal with Nettwerk. Last Time Around is on her third solo album, Farewell Good Night's Sleep.

ITÁLIA: Polaroid
Gazebo PenguinsWallabees
A punk band that quotes Alfred Korzybski? Yes, please. The Name Is Not The Named is the title of Gazebo Penguins' new album and it's full of powerful hardcore in the style of At The Drive-In, with a nod to Motorpsycho. Sharp guitars, heavy rhythms, driving choruses and smart attitude.

MÉXICO: Club Fonograma
Mexican Institute Of SoundReventon
Mexican Institute of Sound is a solo project by the multi-talented Camilo Lara. He just released his third album Soy Sauce, another celebration of Mexico's traditional music fused with funky tunes, electronica and the genre that's getting ready to shake the world again, cumbia. MIS is an explosive adventurous musical ride of our rich culture. They are preparing to perform at this year's Coachella festival and with songs like Reventon, it is sure to get the fiesta up in wild spirit.

NORUEGA: Eardrums
Dylan MondegreenAnimal (cover do Hiawata!)
For this month's MAP I will present not one Norwegian act, but two. The performing artist here is Dylan Mondegreen, one of my absolute favourites in Norway. He is currently working on his second album, which should be released later this year. The song he sings is written by another favourite of mine, an indie-pop band from Oslo called Hiawata!. Mondegreen's cover of their song Animal was a b-side on Valley Boys, the first single from their second album, These Boys And This Band Is All I Know, due out soon on SellOut! Music.

NOVA ZELÂNDIA: Counting The Beat
Three Legged HorseRed
Red is the opening track on Down, the debut album of Three Legged Horse, a trio from Waiheke Island, around 20km offshore from Auckland. The band bring together the grungy dark introspection of lyricist/vocalist Bede Taylor, the smooth powerful vocals of Gina Higham and the musicality of Aaron Carpenter into a combination much greater than the sum of its parts. Red is a good intro to an extraordinary album that melds acoustic country blues with dirty guitar and vocal grit and growls.

Autobus formed in Lima in 2006 and released their debut album last year. Although they have a clear rock essence, they have electronic influences and a pop touch which sets them apart from their peers, so much so that many people are surprised by where they come from. They have made a good impression abroad, achieving their aim of drawing attention to the local scene.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
The ClitsLay Low
If there was a such a genre as electro-psychic-punk-rock-pop, The Clits would be the kings. It all started in 2006 when Carlos (guitars, keyboards and backing vocals) invited Ana Leorne (vocals) to form an electro-punk project, influenced by the riot grrrl movement and some of their favourite artists such as Joy Division, Bauhaus, Nina Hagen and Suspicious (another Portuguese electro-punk project). Their first record, The World Is A Mess But My Hair Is Perfect EP, was released in December 2007.

ROMÊNIA: Babylon Noise
PersonaMomentary Lack Of Passion
Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's movie Persona, this band belongs to the new generation of Romanian musicians that bloomed after the anti-communist revolution of December 1989. The group's members have been involved in the music scene since then, playing in several acts before forming Persona. Their music is, indeed, one of British influence but cannot be strictly labelled – the musical background and influences of each of the members, refined by experience and artistic maturity, blend together in the Persona genre.

SUÉCIA: Swedesplease
The Late CallLinnea
The Late Call is really just one guy (and friends) from Stockholm named Johannes Maye. His debut album, Leaving Notes, chronicles the long distance relationship he had with his girlfriend. The record and this song has an organic feel on account of the mostly acoustic instrumentation. Linnea is a perfect example of the gorgeous pop you can expect from The Late Call.

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