jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2014

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Feliz Navidad - Merry Xmas

New album! Melodía ~ Diario de viaje (Home Normal, 2014)


Melodía - Diario de Viaje 

Order : 

https://homenormal.bandcamp.com/album/diario-de-viaje

label : Home Normal (Japan)
artwork : Caroline Derselle
design : Christian Roth & Ian Hawgood
master : Tomoyoshi Date
tour pictures : Melodía
release date : 25 December 2014
format : CD

Melodía is Federico Durand and Tomoyoshi Date.

This album was recorded in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germany and Japan. Mixed in Tokyo and Buenos Aires.

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Muchas gracias Tomoyoshi, Ian y Home Normal! F.

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Press Release:

Tomoyoshi Date has long been on the Home Normal radar due to his wonderful solo work, as well as his work with Chihei Hatakeyama (Opitope), Corey Fuller (ILLUHA), and finally, with our dear friend Federico Durand (Melodía). Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but currently residing in Tokyo, Japan, Tomo started working with Fede (himself from a suburb of beautiful Buenos Aires, Argentina), after releasing solo works on the brilliant Own Records label. After touring in Europe in 2012, they released their first album as Melodía called ‘Saudades’ in February of 2013.
After the success of the Melodía debut, as well as Federico’s growing popularity in Japan in particular with the now classic Home Normal release ‘El Libro De Los Árboles Mágicos’, Tomo invited Fede to tour Japan. The result of recordings in hotel rooms, friend’s houses, fields, and various other places, is the perfectly titled ‘Diario de viaje’ (literally translated as ‘travel diary’).  Taken from their recordings in both Europe and Japan, the album perfectly embodies the tender, organic nature of their work, as they carefully layer the most fragile of sounds.
Given the nature of Home Normal as essentially a home to wandering / wondering music, ‘Diario de viaje’ is a perfect fit of music through true friendship; a wide-eyed innocent look at the world as it should be. Given that both have recently become fathers (Fede for the first time, Tomo for the second) , this innocence is something warm to snuggle up to as the winter takes its chilly hold.

viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2014

Review de "La estrella dormida" por Infinite Grain


Infinite Grain

A constellation where innocence rests in eternity; a field made of the paths of stars that sleep in the day to tell the stories of the night. Sound is here a fleeting light, a intermittent dream that seems awake, wandering in the trails of cosmic imagination; deep, fragile, colorful. Following the steps of the dawn, Federico Durand draws remote landscapes that send the listener through the hidden subtlety of the lightness of life; delicate and radiant, ready to challenge the soul in a fantasy between nature and infinity, between simplicity and nostalgia. Among warm melodies, soft structures, some field recordings and spellbound loops, Durand builds a magical world where the mind subsides, the heart expands, and the song of stillness finds its niche among surreal echoes, perhaps of sounds, perhaps of memories. It is as if for one night, stars and dreams gathered together to write songs to the moon. (white paddy mountain)

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Muchas gracias Infinite Grain por la escucha atenta y sensible! F.

Review de "La estrella dormida" por Hawái


Hawái - La estrella dormida / Federico Durand

A través de White Paddy Mountain, el label de Chihei Hatakeyama, podemos escuchar estos retazos producidos al otro lado de Los Andes. Federico Durand produce un álbum de canciones en su mayoría breves, extractos de desarrollos más prolongados que se mantienen como recuerdos fugaces de ideas inacabadas. Utilizando herramientas que no ocupan demasiado espacio Durand se encarga de extraer sonidos y melodías de una hermosa fragilidad. “La estrella dormida” reúne diez piezas que poseen una misma sonoridad que cruza todo el disco, aún cuando las texturas sean diferentes. Un murmullo de sonido rugoso, una superficie desigual que se puede palpar en cada una de ellas, un ruido imperfecto que sirve de suelo donde se apoyan esos acordes. Loops imprecisos sobre un plano borroso, las notas se repiten encima de la acústica delicada formando unas estructuras de cristal roto. A menudo parecen prólogos de composiciones mayores, quedándose en un esbozo de algo que podría ser, dejando una extraña y agradable sensación en el aire. Este trabajo surge casi desde casualidad, como si sus canciones fueran encontradas sin ser buscadas, recogidas de algún lugar en el campo.

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Continuar leyendo AQUI.


Muchas gracias Hawái por la reseña! F.

"La estrella dormida" reviewed by Textura


Federico Durand: La estrella dormida 
White Paddy Mountain


Buenos Aires-based sound artist Federico Durand sets the tone for his La estrella dormida (The Sleeping Star) with a liner note that reads, in part: “Sometimes at dusk, from the train window, I can see the first star in the sky. Its light is a company that stays by my side during the travel until it gets dark. Then, like a magical presence, the stars, with its shining melody, invite me to dream.La estrella dormida ... is an album to listen to at sunset, during that moment when the sky changes its colour and houses and gardens turn pink, silent, and musical at the same time.” Such words provide a perfect entry-point for the forty-two-minute release, given that their evocative, dream-like tone form a natural complement to the ten settings.

If the music is characterized by one thing in particular, it's intimacy: not only is the listener made to feel as if he/she has been granted access to Durand's inner world, the recording and its “small melodies” were created by him alone using piano, E-bow, analogue synthesizer, music boxes, cassette-tape loops, crystal glasses, and assorted other “tiny things.” There's a hazy quality to the production and a relaxed feel, too, both of which suggest that La estrella dormida was recorded in the comfort of Durand's home.

The pieces themselves are less songs than ambient soundscaping vignettes sprinkled with microsound textures and melodic fragments. Each piece drifts placidly along for two to six minutes at a time, with delicate, fluttering breaths of piano, bells, guitar, and synth tones draped across the tracks' gently undulating surfaces. Perhaps none of the pieces is lovelier than “Reflejos del sol en la superficie del agua,” a twilight ambient serenade that unfolds with a finely calibrated grace, while the one that's most dream-like is “El sueño de Fabergé” for featuring so prominently the bell-like warble of the music box.

Anyone acquainted with the White Paddy Mountain releases issued prior to Durand's will identify La estrella dormida right away as a natural member of that particular club, given that the albums Chihei Hatakeyama has released on his label to date have all shared a stylistic concern for understated ambient soundsculpting.

December 2014

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Thank you very much Textura for listening and heartfelt apreciation! F.