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!
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more