verãopop – Nouveau Shamanic

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[ An Out Recordings, 2015 ]

If different boxers and wrestlers choose various styles of music to accompany their dramatic entrances, then Nouveau Shamanic by the Portuguese experimental duo verãopop must be the entrance soundtrack chosen by God himself. Informed by the instrumental epicness of Popol Vuh and free jazz drumming, the three tracks on the album are monumental open-ended pieces based on huge drones, filled with improvised drum soloes and sudden explosions of crashing cymbals, only to get back to the main drone. There’s no release, no aural orgasm here – more like a constant build-up, endless anticipation, a musical tease and denial, if you prefer. But it’s a good kind – it keep you on the edge all the time. Very atmospheric and mysterious, especially the opening track.

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