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 viradaculturalbh.com.br 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.

10 de junho de 2015

Otis Trio na Music Alliance Pact de maio

Com muito atraso, aqui vai a edição de maio da coletânea Music Alliance Pact, na qual os paulistas do Otis Trio representam o Brasil. Você pode fazer o download gratuito de todas as músicas em um único arquivo .zip ou escutar cada uma delas individualmente nos links que acompanham seus respectivos textos.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie
El Gnomo - Suicidas Melodías
This new musical project by Martin Reznik (La Filarmonica Cosmica) almost started as a game in 2012, when he recorded several songs on a weekly basis. Some time afterwards, while reviewing the material, Martin realised he had an album in his hands, so he spent the next months polishing the songs and re-recording some instrumental tracks. He also invited musical friends to participate in what became a folk album with a soft psychedelic vibe. Suicidas Melodías is one of these collaborations, in which singer-sonwriter Sofía Viola lends her wonderful voice. You can download the full album from Bandcamp.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They?
Arvo Tanty - White Hum Valley (Hello)
Arvo Tanty is an introduction to producer Michael Dolan's solo material, following his work with electronic outfit Perth. White Hum Valley (Hello) is a grandiose, cinematic Casiotone orchestra track where slow, effacing rhythms pulse and dissolve at surface break. Dolan says the song was inspired by Joni Mitchell, Mort Garson's Plantasia and his yearning to make a "Nintendo soundtrack of some kind".

BRASIL: Meio Desligado
Otis Trio - Montag's Dream
"Montag's Dream", the opening track of Otis Trio's debut album, 74 Club, probably refers to the main character of the classic novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. The dark jazz they create fits perfectly with the despair related in the book.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo
Nina Bowz - Bone Toronto artist Nina Bowz specializes in artful electro-pop that has quirky twists at every corner.

CHILE: Super 45
Urban Monk - Collage
The lack of spirituality is a recurring theme of living in big cities, and for Urban Monk this is a starting point in their musical history. After a season in Brazil, Chai got together with Dhanur to bring out the sounds inside their heads. They have followed up their 2013 debut Primavera En Secreto EP with this year's release of A Lua - a mixture of pop, rap, shoegaze and Krishna life by these friends from La Serena.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo
Planes (Estudios Universales) - Fue Siempre Lo Mismo
Bogota's Planes (Estudios Universales) previously appeared in the Music Alliance Pact in August 2012 and much has happened to them since then. Many trips, festivals, soundtracks and the release of their 2014 debut album Las Americas. In it, they continue their wave of dream-pop with alternative rock, creating a beautiful place in the soul of those who listen to them. Album closer Fue Siempre Lo Mismo is a song that speaks of encounters and disappointments.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian Speaker Bite Me - Uh-Ah
This month we try something different, serving up an exclusive taste of a 15-year-old album. Speaker Bite Me's If Love Is Missing It Must Be Imposed was originally released to little critical acclaim, but it has since grown to become a Danish rock classic and now it's out on vinyl for the first time.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria
Les Petit Bâtards - Ficción
Les Petit Bâtards, with members under 19 years old, have become one of the most acclaimed new bands in Ecuador and are definitely worth keeping an eye on. One reason to believe in them is their intimate, touching first single, Ficción.

GREECE: Mouxlaloulouda
Manos Milonakis - Zyklon Main Theme
Manos Milonakis produces modern classical music for films and theatrical plays, as well as for his independent solo work. The original score for Thanassis Triaridis' theatrical play Zyklon Or The Destiny is a magnificent set of 10 tracks awash in textures, atmospheres, moods and emotion. His music winds its way through your mind and moves your soul. You should also check out the main theme for the documentary Drink And Be Merry.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar
Answer Sheet - Regretful Season
With ukulele, guitar, bass and live loops, Yogyakarta band Answer Sheet bring diversity to Indonesia's indie-pop scene. You might love how these guys sing in English with a slight Javanese dialect.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing
Comrade Hat - One Of Them
Multi-instrumental, multi-talented member of multiple Derry acts, Neil Burns - known in this particular guise as Comrade Hat - will throw that hat over anything that catches his fancy. One Of Them is a fine example of his work, designed on piano and guitar but constructed using a delicate touch on synths. Think Moby's blissful corners constructed using the Rockies for inspiration. This is out of sync with the zeitgeist and all the better for it.

ITALY: Polaroid
Pueblo People - Dog People
"As if Raymond Carver got drunk in front of the typewriter while Dinosaur Jr's Green Mind plays on the turntables" - I really like this sentence from the press release for Giving Up On People, Pueblo People debut album. I think it really tells something about the way these songs are written, the spirit behind this raw, powerful music. The guitars are loud, the drum and bass are tight, the vocals are harsh and grasping. Life up against the wall, bad luck, growing up and going separate ways. For sure, one of the best Italian indie-rock albums this year.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies
Half Mile Beach Group - Twilight
The image that the beach city of Zushi, south-east of Tokyo, has conjured up in recent years has not been particularly positive. It was a rowdy spot and then the local government banned loud music and other fun times from the coast. Thank goodness for outfits such as Half Mile Beach Group, who on Twilight present a windswept and haunting view. It is not quite summer bliss, as the whole thing sounds appropriate for the slow season, but it is a gorgeous representation all the same.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta
Mistura - Issa Tard Wisq
Mistura is a duo whose songs, exclusively in Maltese, have elements of blues and rock, both electric and acoustic. Debut album U d-Dinja Tkompli Ddur, released in October 2014, is a rock concept record divided into four sections of four songs each. Packed with biting social commentary, especially in relation to local issues, it reflects on the theme of repetition and cycles of life. Antonio Olivari and Malcolm Bonnici are the main members, but they also perform as a full electric band with additional musicians.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika
Error.Error - Γ
Error.Error is the project of Efrén Valenzuela, a young musician and beatmaker from Hermosillo, Sonora on the north-western desertic corner of Mexico. He is the founder of the netlabel LALALA4e and also operates under the Zonzobot alias. Error.Error recently blew us away with his newest track, written as Γ, an incredibly chilling piece which the artist has branded "reggaetrón". Γ was accompanied with a futuristic, must-see 3D video created by the artist himself.

Physic - Never Satisfied
Physic began to attract vast attention with only a couple of songs earlier this year, leaving us eager to hear more of their dark post-punk. Fortunately for us, they have just released their self-titled debut and Never Satisfied is one of the jewels of this remarkable album.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco?
Beautify Junkyards - Rainbow Garland
Beautify Junkyards' first album, released in 2013, contained only covers but it drew the attention of many radio stations and journalists, and they were invited to participate in a Brazilian television documentary along with David Byrne, Devendra Banhart and M.I.A. Their new album of original material, The Beast Shouted Love, was released this month and it is one of the best records I have heard this year. It will please fans of Goldfrapp, Beach House, Melody's Echo Chamber and Foxygen.

The Great Albatross - Righteous Man
Every so often you come across a new song that's so obviously better than anything you've heard in months that it stops you in your tracks and makes you realise how much better life is to have it in it. For me, that special something is Righteous Man by The Great Albatross. The creator of this exceptional acoustic heartbreak is A. Wesley Chung, an American based in Glasgow. Righteous Man (video here) is taken from recent EP Roots, which features Avi Zahner-Isenberg from Avi Buffalo - he and Wesley are former bandmates.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You
Johnny Azari - God Damn Blues
Johnny Azari doesn't pull any punches with his blues. This is in your face, razor-edge reconstruction of a genre that's gotten soft. His music is the last swig of whiskey after a long night of drinking. The dark alleyway. This is real-life emotion through music and he's not cleaning it up just to make a few casual listeners more comfortable.