PeDRo PRaTeS is a Portuguese ambientwave creator.
The prolific output of PeDRo PRaTeS, each at slightly different modulating frequencies, discovers new material surfacing most weeks, sometimes of triphop, other times downtempo, else as in the case of the most recent song to surface Every Night – ambientwave.
Despite the frequency of new music appearing the quality is never lost and the listener can become completely immersed in the soft frequencies to which the mind and body becomes syncopated and loose all sense of surroundings, hence why it has taken me a little while to get to this article as I have been entombed within an extensive selection of the back-catalogue.
The electronica in Every Night gradually dissolves under its own weight before the next revolution surfaces akin to the movement of waves on the shoreline.
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The Portuguese sludge outfit Sloppy Hill are planning an LP for this year.
The first song to appear from the album – Hit & Run – was released as a stand alone single on the 31st of December and is available on bandcamp.
The outpouring of fuzzy guitar melded with robust percussion and rumbling bass stirred by a throaty vocal that emerges from the speakers minds the listener of a mud flow as it surges through the room.
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She Pleasures Herself from Lisbon in Portugal is the electro-goth trio of David Francisco (Synths / Guitar), Nuno Francisco (Drums / Programming) and Nuno Varudo (Vocals / Bass).
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All experienced musicians She Pleasures Herself came together last year and have been able to reveal a début LP – Fetish which was released earlier in the month.
The dark menacing textures of instrumental and synthetic sounds drift from the speakers like a dark fog with the vocal superbly aligned to the musical context, seemingly surfacing from somewhere high above, with its mesmerising, menacing delivery.
Quickly the listener becomes lost inside a shroud of industrial electronica which unrelentingly cloaks the audience in tighter embrace in well paced and layered shadows, sadly far too soon their one release thus far is over.
I look forward to hearing much more of She Pleasures Herself in short order as immediately out of they starting gate they already have much to the world of music.
By way of an introduction, from the eleven track album (available on bandcamp), Touch.
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The Portuguese alt-folk band Hazelfier are working towards the release of their début LP A Life or When Airplanes Don’t Sing imminently.
Formed at the tail end of last year Hazelfier have made seven of the twelve tracks on the album available and my pick of the tracks around, as I write is – Why – which contains a landscape of familiarity, despite supping deeply from its inspiration is able to offer a melancholic construct which strikes its own path.
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Limbo from Chaves in Portugal is the alt-rock quintet of Marcos Barroco (Vocals), Cardus (Guitar), Bruno Barroso (Guitar), Litos (Bass) and Tiago Ventura (Drums).
Fulminating pent-up rage bubbles across the floor like acid eating into metal as Limbo cast a scant eye around the world. Yet the frustrations are held in check to deliver compositions which rely on melodic construct to deliver their acerbic perspectives and it is the juxtaposition of the two, which gives the material an understated mannerism, that marks the quintet out for consideration.
The bass / percussion combinations speak of the frustrations and sit in tandem with the vocal, whilst the guitars are given time and space to add the colour palette to the sounds and the end result are sounds that are able to carry the tracks, which typically extend well over four minutes, keeping the audience engaged with the progress.
Originally a six piece, one of the guitarists left recently and it will be interesting to see if Limbo is able to continue to generate their expansive textures of guitars with only the two.
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