Drone Records
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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Three:four Records TFR027
Release Year: 2015
Note: massive minimalistic figurations, walls of string drones & vibrato distortion by the members of OSSO EXOTICO and ESPERS, created on amplified cello, electric organ, amplified violin... reminiscent of the old handmade distortion drone performers as TONY CONRAD or JOHN CALE in their most experimental moments, but this is more refined, multi-layered, a dance of string-based resonances...
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"Helena Espvall first met David Maranha in 2006 when her band Espers played a show in Lisbon. They played two gigs the following year, and Espvall contributed to Maranha's Marches of the New World. Since then they always had the intention of working together more extensively and once Espvall moved to Lisbon two years ago they had no more excuses. Sombras Incendiadas ('Exploding Shadows') features Espvall on amplified cello and Maranha on electric organ and amplified violin. Espvall has an amazing cello sound, kind of Velvet Underground, while David Maranha is in the vein of La Monte Young or Tony Conrad. As a duo, they create heavy drones with delicate harmonics behind the wall of sound. The textures are raw, the compositions are minimalistic, and the riffs are heady. The repetitive patterns played very loudly create a monolithic, hypnotic, and time stopping album. Sombras Incendiadas is available on LP (with a download coupon) and digitally. David Maranha, violin, electric organ. Helena Espvall, cello. Recorded in Violente do Cйu by David Maranha between december 2012 and march 2013."


"Over the course of many years I have been enjoying the music from David Maranha a lot. First when he was playing with Osso Exotico, a group with among others his brother Andre, and later on solo or in collaboration with others. One could easily say, with any exaggeration, that Maranha represents minimal music in Portugal, more so than say Rafael Toral who is more the 'drone' master (before he started being interested in jazz). Here he teams up with Helena Espvall from Sweden, who lives in Philadelphia, where she is part of the psychedelic and free-folk scene. In 2006 they met for the first time, when Espvall played in Lisbon and since Espvall lives in that city for two years it's only natural they would work together. There are three instruments on this record: Espvall's amplified cello and Maranha playing electric organ and amplified violin. The music reminds the more informed listener of the drone/noise/minimalism of the sixties; think Tony Conrad (especially him) or a heavily
amplified and drugged out LaMonte Young or maybe The Velvet Underground in their normal habitat, less any drums. It's busy as hell, with these loud, repetitive moves that sound like a menace and it's nowhere mechanical. This is a heavy record, I must say. It's not for the weak of hearth and mind: it goes right into your brain and sticks like thick knitting needle; it goes under your skin and never leaves. This is not the kind of drone aiming to please the listener, but make him sit upright and listens carefully. Play loud is not something I would say easily, but in this case: yes, absolutely play very loud and don't engage yourself in any other activity, other than listening and be fully immersed." [FdW/Vital Weekly]