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Leonardo Rosado – The Blue Nature of Everyday

Blue Nature

Misfortune struck last week when Heart and Soul and Feedbackloop label curator Leonardo Rosado got robbed and found that the burglars took his laptop and SLR camera.

Though he was wise enough to have his files backed up elsewhere (be honest: do you store your important personal files in a location outside your house? Please do so!) – for a label owner in this digital age this is a downright disaster. 

Leonardo had just finished his own solo album The Blue Nature of Everyday”  (which sounds like an appropriate title now).
So, unintended, this album is now also his own charity release to help fund his new laptop and camera.

On The Blue Nature of Everyday Leonardo paints some beautiful soundscapes.  All “Variations in Blue”  tracks are created from layered electronics, guitars, field recordings and acoustical instruments (mainly piano).  A beautiful blend of vague and clear sounds. 

Leonardo Rosado – The Touch of Your Lips

Apart from this album, this is a very good moment to draw some attention to the latest releases on Leonardo’s Heart and Soul  label: new albums from I’ve Lost and Gimu.

I've Lost
I’ve Lost – From These Hands 

Originally, the Heart and Soul label started out as a label to combine poetry and music. (You may want to revisit the Mute Words and Dwindlers review for this occasion).
But on the label blog, Leonardo stated that the label would “expand to other forms of connections between different arts”. 

I’ve Lost (artist alias of guitarist Bobby Jones) presents comfortable sounding guitar soundscapes, created from looping techniques not unlike Robert Fripp‘s “Frippertronics”.
Apart from one track – featuring a poem from Leonardo Rosado himself, “From these Hands”  is fully instrumental.
The art in this case features the illustrations by Ivo Hoogveld that come with the physical edition – for which you can choose you own cover of choice!!

I’ve Lost – First Fall


Gimu – They All Left One By One…

Compared to the previous sounds, the Gimu release is an entirely different matter.
The titleThey All Left One By One, They All Left The Radio On” is as mysterious as the music sounds.
This album feels like you’re visiting a deserted industrial facility, deserted but still in full effect, with vague indescribable fanfare sounds playing in the background.
It’s uncomfortable and eerie, a haunted ghostly sound – comparable to some of Caretaker’s albums.

“Echoes of spirits past are trapped in a metallic field, cold drafts shifts us into a dark ambient world where ghostly tones an cathartic hammering reveal a realm both haunting and epic.”
It may be man-made, but judged by the sounds it has somewhat grown out of control.

Gimu – An’on, An’on, An’on

Charity is a very, very good reason to buy albums. 
But buying these albums just because you enjoy the music is even better. Both may apply.

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Leonardo Rosado – Mute Words

Mute Words

However deep and fascinating ‘classic’ (drone) ambient music may be, listening too much of the same kind can get a little eh… same-ish. The borders and boundaries need to be stretched in some ways, and that’s where the adventurous music tends to start.  Even though, by strict definition, this may or may not be called ‘ambient’ music at all (such as with a lot of the post-classical or improvised acoustic music lately).

I don’t really know, but this may very well have been one of the reasons for Leonardo Rosado, also known as the curator of the Feedbackloop label (with its impressive catalogue of ambient/experimental music), to start a new label with a somewhat different concept: Heart and Soul.

Heart and Soul  will focus on combining poetry and music, and will release albums in physical formats only (so NO downloads!): a paperback book combined with the CD in this particular case.
Editions are “totally homemade” – but unlike many others not ‘strictly limited’, because they are made on demand. 

The very first release on this Feedbackloop sister label is Rosado’s own Mute Words

The poetry and the music on Mute Wordsis written by Leonardo Rosado. But do not expect ‘spoken word’ poetry on this album:
“Mute Words explores the delicate boundary between thoughts and words”. 
“Guest vocals are brought in almost imperceptibly, adding further dimension to the floating and ephemeral drone works.” 

The first vocal track, featuring Barbara de Dominices‘  voice, tries to reach you fragmented and multi-layered, as if coming from a distant dream,  while the last track (voiced by Alicia Merz) is in fact more ‘sung’ than ‘spoken’. Michelle Seaman (half of the Dwindlers) performes “The Study of Doubt” ; to me, her voice has the same kind of spellbinding and hypnotizing quality as Laurie Anderson’s.

With these three tracks being about half of the album, one could hardly call this a ‘vocal’ album. The other half. the instrumental tracks, perfectly match the atmosphere, thus making Mute Words  a well balanced introduction the new label concept of Heart and Soul .

Leonardo Rosado has set himself a high quality standard for this label!

Mute Words  is released on 2 december 2011, but can be pre-ordered now.

Leonardo Rosado with Michelle Seaman – The Study of Doubt

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