terça-feira, setembro 15, 2015


Os alguns Few Fingers são, afinal, só dois: Nuno Rancho  e André Pereira. Nuno Rancho, ao longo dos anos, tem participado em diversos projectos. Curiosamente, passou por aqui em 2008, enquanto artista a solo  O som deste projecto é o que  muitos chamariam de indie-folk.

O álbum de estreia dos Few Fingers, "Burning Hands", que estará disponível a 28 de Setembro, tem, para já, como aperitivo, o tema From Pale To Red, que agora dá a volta ao mundo através do Music Alliance Pact. O vídeo do tema, que poderão ver abaixo, foi realizado por Tiago Gomes.

Além do tema dos Few Fingers, temos mais 17 temas e bandas nesta edição do Music Alliance Pact. Clique com o botão direito do rato, por cima do título da canção, para fazer o download do mp3 ou faça um download do ficheiro completo, com os dezoito temas, através do Dropbox AQUI.

  ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Argonautas - Perfecto With a career that spans more than 20 

years, this independent prog-rock band from Ramos Mejia, a Buenos Aires suburb, performed a couple of shows last month after being inactive for quite some time. So we thought it was a great opportunity to share this fine track from Argonautas' third album, also called Perfecto.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? Jack Colwell - Don't Cry Those Tears On his latest EP, Only When Flooded Could I Let Go, classically trained musician Jack Colwell blends the popular and the arcane to stunning effect. He has a grand vision and the chops to pull it off, creating compositions that dabble in everything from chamber-pop to doo-wop. Don't Cry Those Tears, a tribute to 60s pop, brings together strings, organ and a small choir with the seamlessness of a jigsaw puzzle. As a vocalist Colwell is often compared to Nick Cave and Patrick Wolf, and his performance on Don't Cry Those Tears is an expert balance of melodrama and levity. He is undoubtedly an artist to keep your eye on

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado Emicida - Mandume Brazil's most famous rapper, Emicida, has just released a new album in which he explores themes about urban life in his homeland, mixing it with African rhythms. In Mandume, he's surrounded by a group of new Brazilian MCs: Drik Barbosa, Amiri, Rico Dalasam, Muzzike and Raphao Alaafin.

  CANADA: Ride The Tempo Mieke - Sleeping Alone You may recognize Elissa Mielke (aka Mieke) as the model in The Weeknd and Drake's video for The Zone, but she has her own thing going on. Her goosebump-inducing single Sleeping Alone reminds us all that there are worse things in the world than being alone

. CHILE: Super 45 Planeta No - Sol a Sol Planeta No is one of the most promising acts in Chilean pop. Gonzalo García, Camilo Molina and Juan Pablo Garin, who released first EP Matucana in 2014, make perfect music for the dancefloor with guitars, synths and harmonies. The single Sol a Sol is taken from debut album Odio, which came out in August.

  COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo Anyone/Cualkiera - En Cualquier Parte From Medellín, as part of the No Rules Clan, we introduce Anyone/Cualkiera, who have been making hip-hop for more than five years. Their latest work, Tiempo Libre EP, is very interesting, not only for its collaborations - which includes Kario One on En Cualquier Parte - but for its approach to old school and reflection of Medellín life.
DENMARK: All Scandinavian Palace Winter - Menton Palace Winter - aka Danish producer/synth wizard Caspar Hesselager and Australian singer-songwriter Carl Coleman - release their five-song debut EP, Medication, on October 2. Here's the awesome second single Menton as a MAP exclusive download.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria Andes Music Machine - Stray Song Andes Music Machine were formed by Pinteiro, an electronic musician from Quito, and The Pineda Brothers, who belong to the indigenous community of Peguche in the Andes of Ecuador. They play Andean music with electronic and traditional instruments, creating a sound that represents new Latin American music beyond the popular cumbia.

  INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Peonies - Truth Peonies are Cinta Marezi, Jodi Setiawan and Paramitha Citta. They come from Jakarta and love to sing and dance in an indie-pop style.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing Overhead, The Albatross - Big River Man Having forged a reputation as a truly stunning live band, Overhead, The Albatross have finally unveiled the first single from their long-awaited debut album, out shortly. Big River Man is about Slovenian distance swimmer Martin Strel and contains the band's usual swirling guitars and complex, beguiling layering. It's loud yet nuanced, jagged yet melodic, and entirely instrumental. You need to hear it.

ITALY: Polaroid Any Other - Gladly Farewell Adele Nigro is only 21, but she has been making lovely folk-pop with intense lyrics and a strong attitude for years. She reminds me young songwriters such as Courtney Barnett, Waxahatchee or Eskimeaux. Adele recently formed a trio called Any Other, who released their debut album this month (available at Bandcamp) and it is the best new voice I have heard in a while.

  JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies Takeaki Oda - Loop The term chillwave presumably vanished from many music fans' heads several years ago, but the microgenre persists in Japan, with lots of great results. Takeaki Oda is the latest Tokyo artist to embrace it and Loop is an absorbing number that makes dusting off classic terms such as "sun-dappled" worth it. He adds a level of familiarity by weaving in some childhood sounds, at least if you played the Nintendo 64.

  MALTA: Stagedive Malta Norm Rejection - The Radical Underground Norm Rejection formed in 1994 and are the country's first metal band to have both English and Maltese lyrics. With three albums and two EPs to their name, they fuse different styles into a distinctive metal sound. Norm Rejection are known for their songs of rebellion and liberation as well as their powerful live performances.

MEXICO: RBMA Radio Panamérika Selma Oxor - Luna Llena Based on the tracks we've heard so far from the Cocina or Jungle Juice) and naked, Oxor feels terribly confident in her vocal acrobatics that have been pushed to the foreground. In Luna Llena, the former Bam Bam member adopts a vamp persona while carrying a batch of bubblegum synths and a threatening ambience that's as lustful as it is catchy.

  PERU: SoTB Los Lagartos - Invierno Los Lagartos recently launched their La Luz Del Mediodía EP, influenced by American jangle-pop and 80s British rock. Invierno, the fifth track of this remarkable record, is a fresh tribute to British rock played under Lima's grey sky.

  PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Few Fingers - From Pale To Red Few Fingers (Nuno Rancho and André Pereira) release their debut album, Burning Hands, this month. They have a beautiful indie-folk sound, as you can hear on From Pale To Red, which is backed by this video directed by Tiago Gomes. Nuno Rancho was also featured in the Music Alliance Pact's December 2008 edition when he released his first solo album.
SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop Daydream Frenzy - Pride & Wonder Daydream Frenzy are one of the most promising alternative rock bands to emerge from Scotland in quite some time, with support from Kerrang! magazine and an endorsement from Tom Delonge of Blink-182 fame testament to the very obvious talent this Aberdeenshire trio possesses. Daydream Frenzy released debut album Pride & Wonder in March - seek it out on iTunes/Amazon/Spotify. Its title track (see video), presented here as an exclusive free download, perfectly encapsulates their appeal: jumbo choruses, exceptionally strong melodies and accomplished musicianship.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK Tierpark - Bullfight Seoul-based dreamgaze outfit Tierpark release second album The Moment Two Worlds Meet this month. Showcasing the band's characteristic dynamic sound, Bullfight offers intense progressions and captivating guitar lines perfectly complemented by Sehee Kim's vocals.

sábado, agosto 15, 2015


"Mergulho em Loba" será o novo álbum de Joana Barra Vaz a ser editado no último trimestre de 2015. Esta nova colecção de canções, faz parte de uma trilogia de obras iniciada com "Passeio Pelo Trilho".

O single, que levamos este mês ao mundo através do Music Allaince Pact, é "Tanto Faz", o primeiro de "Mergulho em Loba", que tem, além de fantásticos músicos, a colaboração, nas vozes, da talentosa moçambicana Selma Uamusse.

O vídeo do single, que podem ver já abaixo, foi co-realizado por Maria João Marques e Joana Barra Vaz.

Além do tema da Joana Barra Vaz, temos mais 16 temas e bandas nesta edição do Music Alliance Pact. Clique com o botão direito do rato, por cima do título da canção, para fazer o download do mp3 ou faça um download do ficheiro completo, com os dezassete temas, através do Dropbox AQUI.

ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Julieta y Los Espíritus - El Látigo (Modex remix) This is a song from the new project of Julieta Brotsky (aka July Sky). It's not the original version from the album, but a great remix released a couple of weeks ago by post-punk band Modex. Julieta's beautiful voice can also be heard on several tracks by indie-pop band Entre Ríos, and in Varias Artistas, the female ensemble put together by singer-songwriter Lucas Marti.

AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? These Guy - Coming Around Brisbane trio These Guy was originally the solo project of singer and multi-instrumentalist Joe Saxby. Latest track Coming Around combines the lofty vocals and downer lyrics of Saxby's earlier work. Along with buoyant pop production, the result is a track that's interesting at every turn. The absence of any kind of rhythm guitar leaves Saxby's vocals and synth-fiddling to carry the melodic weight of the track. Coming Around is a testament to Saxby's ear for off-kilter production and hopefully points to a more experimental/avant-pop future for These Guy.

BRAZIL: Meio Desligado Pequeno Céu - Quatro Post-rock six-piece Pequeno Céu started as a solo project some years ago before releasing their first album as a band in 2014. Pequeno Céu differs from other math/post-rock ensembles because of the Brazilian influences and simplicity of their short instrumental songs, such as Quatro. For fans of BADBADNOTGOOD, Hurtmold and Tortoise.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo Mauno - Reeling Experimental shapeshifters Mauno (pronounced mao-no) reel you in with their off-kilter pop tunes. The Halifax group is unafraid to test you with their strange sounds.

CHILE: Super 45 AYEAYE - A Medianoche Me Llevaré Tu Alma After the dissolution of the duo Mostro, and following the many collaborations with Chilean/German DJ Matias Aguayo, the producer and illustrator Carlos Reinoso decided to embark on AYEAYE, a project influenced by dance music as rhythmic experimentation. A Medianoche Me Llevaré Tu Alma ("At Midnight I Will Take Your Soul) is his first single.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo Danicattack - Perdónate A feeling of being home defines Danicattack. This Bogota quintet, led by Daniel Lopez, is always exploring new ideas through lyrics and sounds. Their song Perdónate recalls a world of dreams intermingled with the material reality of bodies, as we can see it in the video.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian ONBC - White Trash Risen from the ashes of Oliver North Boy Choir and comprising members who have been and still are part of Superheroes, Private, The Boombox Hearts and epo-555, ONBC released their dreamy and melancholic indie-pop debut Crash, Burn & Cry back in May. Here's first single White Trash as a MAP exclusive download.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria Pastizales - La Casa y La Nada Pastizales is the solo project of Bernardo Arevalo, who brings us a refreshing lo-fi folk sound. From his debut six-track EP we proudly present La Casa y La Nada, a single that takes the listener into a deeply relaxing, wonderful environment.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Sajama Cut - Fatamorgana Fatamorgana is taken from Hobgoblin, the latest album by Jakarta indie-rock outfit Sajama Cut. This song is for every father who never gives up raising their kids with love and compassion in the big city of evil.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing Bitch Falcon - TMJ TMJ is the third single from highly-rated, grungy Dublin trio Bitch Falcon, who are taking the Irish capital's sticky-floored corners by storm. Named after the temporomandibular joint (which joins the jaw to the rest of the skull), it's poppy and melodic by this particular act's standards, but nevertheless appropriately face-melting. One to pump up the bass on and let their rhythms pummel the base of your soles. Bitch Falcon are one of the most promising rock acts that Ireland has produced this decade.

JAPAN: Make Believe Melodies Clone - Follow Me The bulk of Follow Me, from Tokyo bedroom track maker Clone, draws sounds from the Nintendo video game Pikmin. The plant people players guide around to collect treasure are the primary source, the sound of them being thrown and generally squeaking being the go-to for Clone. Yet this is not merely a bit of video game nostalgia, as Clone constructs it all into a fast-paced dance number that blooms into something quite madcap.

MALTA: Stagedive Malta Xtruppaw - Iċ-Ċawl Iċul Five-piece Xtruppaw play a concoction of styles such as punk-rock, ska, 80s metal, 70s disco, Maltese ghana and country and western. The truly distinguishing feature of the band's music is the lyrics. Xtruppaw songs are all, without exception, sung in Maltese about the Maltese lifestyle, zooming into the raw and crude perspective of the mundane, pointing out the absurdities that we all take for granted with a tongue-in-cheek and often irreverent approach. Xtruppaw have recorded and released two full-length albums to date.

MEXICO: RBMA Radio Panamérika Turning Torso - Up Through his landscapist and often acidic compositions, David Sánchez - a young artist from Querétaro creating clever, stirring electronic music under the Turning Torso moniker - is capable of exploring and transmitting a wide variety of complex emotions with his superbly arranged productions. On Up, Turning Torso densely weaves an uplifting yet murky atmosphere whose shape acquires a crooked appearance as the piece progresses. Throwing in some IDM beats that bring to mind the textures of Autechre and his characteristic jazz guitar work which serves as a sort of guide in the middle of the track, Sánchez manifests a robust framework nurtured by a vast intellect.

PERU: SoTB Diorama - Travelling Diorama is a Lima-based instrumental rock band. They released their first EP in 2013, which was met with critical acclaim. Travelling is a song filled with moments of beauty and elegance.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Joana Barra Vaz - Tanto Faz Tanto Faz is the first single from the new Joana Barra Vaz album, Mergulho Em Loba, due out later this year. Mergulho Em Loba is part of a trilogy started in 2012 with Passeio Pelo Trilho. Joana's music will please fans of the kind of indie-pop started by Leslie Feist.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop The Insomniac Project - In And Out (Of My Head) This debut single by The Insomniac Project wears its 80s disco influences loud and proud and has all the ingredients of a synth-pop dancefloor classic. With the Glasgow six-piece having teased with a few SoundCloud demo uploads over the past year, it's a privilege to offer In And Out (Of My Head) exclusively via the Music Alliance Pact ahead of its official release on August 31.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK Floating Island - Parade Electronica quartet Floating Island released third single Parade this month. The festive pop number is produced by Floating Island member Flash Flood Darlings (our March 2015 MAP artist) together with main songwriter NoohNooh.

quarta-feira, julho 15, 2015


O projecto Balla, do multifacetado Armando Teixeira, conceituado músico, produtor, compositor e pai de diversos projectos musicais, está de regresso. Esse regresso tem, este mês, encontro com o mundo, através do Music Alliance Pact, com "Arqueologia", composição do novo álbum dos Balla, Submundo, que estará disponível em Outubro.
No melhor estilo e originalidade que os Balla nos têm habituado, Arqueologia .cola-se aos nossos ouvidos e descola os nossos pés. Armando Teixeira continua a navegar ao encontro de blips, blops, e sons perdidos, oferecendo uma pop subersiva que não dá enfartamento nem enjôos aos seus navegantes.

Além do tema dos Balla, temos mais 15 temas e bandas nesta edição do Music Alliance Pact. Clique com o botão direito do rato, por cima do título da canção, para fazer o download do mp3 ou faça um download do ficheiro completo, com os dezasseis temas, através do Dropbox AQUI.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Balla - Arqueologia Balla, a project by producer and musician Armando Texeira, has a sound that will please fans of Depeche Mode and New Order. Arqueologia, a song about loss, is the first single from Balla's new album, Submundo, which will be released in October. Armando's love for electronica is apparent, with a Buchla Music Easel synth among various instruments used on this record. Check out the video for the album's title track.

  ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Blito y Los Intermitentes - A Donde Vas Blito y Los Intermitentes released their debut album, Nada, independently this year. Led by singer-songwriter Blito Dojtman, the band's sound usually starts in acoustic form and then takes different paths through rock, pop and even tango. If you like A Donde Vas, you can download the whole album from Bandcamp.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? Australia - Who R U? Contrary to popular belief, winter exists in Australia. Escaping from the cold is easy - we turn to home brewing and gregarious electro-pop. Australia (the band) are striding in the same disco patriotism line of outfits like Total Giovanni and Client Liaison. Cue the energetic side-strut - it's all anthemic beats and Roxy Music guitar frills in view here. Unless you're allergic to having a good time, it's hard not to like this track. The Sydney trio's debut album, Portraits Of People, Places And Movies, is out in August.

CANADA: Ride The Tempo Men I Trust - Again (feat. Ghostly Kisses) Montreal electronic collective Men I Trust collaborated with Ghostly Kisses in a beautiful electronic-infused ballad called Again. Local collaborations are huge here in Canada and this one is just so perfect.

CHILE: Super 45 Alejandro Zahler - Waltz Número 7 Instrumental, dreamlike and atmospheric music is what Alejando Zahler does. His first album has a charming, homey, kind sound. The musician and producer played all the instruments (guitars, synths, bass, among others) and recorded the tracks at AZT Estudios. Not wanting to play the album live has made this project even more personal.

COLOMBIA: El Parlante Amarillo Omoh - Both Omoh is Andrés Rebellón and Sarah Montoya, both born in Bogota but now living in different cities. They found a way to make music together despite the distance between them, just like The Postal Service did. The outcome was an EP called St. Clara, released in June 2015. This month's MAP track, Both, is a reflection of Omoh's music: subtlety that leads to grandstanding. It is so nice to find music of this calibre made in these lands. This EP is available at Bandcamp as a name-your-price download.

DENMARK: All Scandinavian D/troit - Soul Thing It's nothing but a soul thing with D/troit, and really there is little else needed to be said about this Danish quintet who, as their name implies, honours one of the genres to come out of the Motor City. Well, apart from a load of superlatives to describe the greatness of their six-song debut, Do The Right Thing. Here is Soul Thing as a MAP exclusive download.

ECUADOR: Plan Arteria Tripulación de Osos - Cavernícolas Dando a Luz Earlier this year Tripulación de Osos released debut album Robormiga, delivering powerful garage riffs, uncomplicated lyrics and a freshness that has allowed them to consolidate their status as one of the most acclaimed local live acts. Cavernícolas Dando a Luz comes highly recommended.

INDONESIA: Deathrockstar Bottlesmoker - Gambol Bottlesmoker, one of the best electronica duos in Asia, asked remixers from around the world to rework their song Gambol for Netlabel Day. Visit here to listen to the full project and check out Free Music Archive.

IRELAND: Hendicott Writing Áine Duffy - Won't Go Won't Go is the lead single from With Bells On, the debut album by sublime Cork indie/power-pop singer Áine Duffy. Duffy's just starting out, but has already picked up passionate fans in the United States and Switzerland. She's all set to take Ireland by storm, starting with the stomping emotional melodies of this hook-laden piece of pop brilliance.

ITALY: Polaroid Matilde Davoli - Tell Me What You See Hailing from the south of Italy and now living in London, Matilde Davoli is an electronic musician with a pop and folk background. She was in the great Studiodavoli, and then Girl With The Gun. For her solo debut, I'm Calling You From My Dreams, where she plays almost every instrument, she created a sound full of 80s synths, minimal rhythms and hazy melodies. My favorite is the Au Revoir Simon-esque Tell Me What You See - with its delicate elegance it sounds like a summer dream.

MEXICO: Red Bull Panamérika Mondragón - Presentimiento Complejo Classical meets musique concrète, new age and awkward electronica as Mexico City producer Edgar Mondragón follows the heritage of Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Aphex Twin. He make an ambitious effort to capture the suprematist angles on Kazimir Malevich's paintings on 14-minute track Presentimiento Complejo ("Complex Premonition"). Try listening to the whole work - it'll surely suppress your ADD and bring you to a sublime state of grace.

PERU: SoTB Gomas - Ofuscación Gomas is a six-piece band with a truly original style, led by Hernando Súarez and Susana Cebrián. They recently released their first EP, Canas Verdes, which exudes an amazing sensation of youthful fun thanks to their addictive female vocals and fresh indie-pop.

PORTUGAL: Posso Ouvir Um Disco? Balla - Arqueologia Balla, a project by producer and musician Armando Texeira, has a sound that will please fans of Depeche Mode and New Order. Arqueologia, a song about loss, is the first single from Balla's new album, Submundo, which will be released in October. Armando's love for electronica is apparent, with a Buchla Music Easel synth among various instruments used on this record. Check out the video for the album's title track.

SCOTLAND: The Pop Cop Broken Boy - Just To Leave You St Andrews isn't just about its university and golf, you know. The town can also boast a hugely promising young three-piece in Broken Boy, led by brothers Cameron and Stewart Black up front, with Fraser Laing on drums. MAP exclusive download Just To Leave You (see video) typifies the sort of radio-ready guitar-pop music they specialise in. They play fast and tight, ooze presence on stage and know how to write songs that crackle with energy. Broken Boy are going places for sure.

SOUTH KOREA: Indieful ROK Say Sue Me - Bad Habit A self-proclaimed summer band, Busan-based quartet Say Sue Me have followed up last year's debut album with EP Big Summer Night. The summery surf sound of the new release is perfectly exhibited in Bad Habit with its fuzzy guitars and catchy melody.

UNITED STATES: We Listen For You Olivia Quillio - Meet You At The Bottom Described as having "a voice beyond her years", Quillio writes thoughtful and emotive songs seated in the realms of folk, soul and sometimes jazz.