Mira, un Lobo! — Heart Beats Slow
(Tapete TR337, 2016, CD/LP)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-06-27
Mira, un Lobo! is the musical project of Portuguese artist Luis F. de Sousa as a means of dealing with unemployment, crises, and depression. Mira, un Lobo! allowed him to drift away from his day-to-day trials and tribulations. The result is the new album Heart Beats Slow, a title sounding more like a Tim Bowness album. Unlike Bowness, Heart Beats Slow is a collection of ten electronica songs, some of which are quite melodic and cinematic. A point of reference might be Godspeed You! Black Emperor, as the music can be quite cyclic and ambient. A couple of the songs, “New Born Killer” and “Suffocation,” deviate a bit as they are based around drones and analog sounds. Overall the music is introspective and relaxing. The title track stands out from the beginning with baby talking and ambient piano. Perhaps the best track is the catchy melodic instrumental “Spaceman” that is both cinematic and cosmic. Not only did de Sousa find release in his music, his music as catharsis approach provides soothing music for the soul.
Related artist(s): Mira, un Lobo!
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more