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- Agua by Chico Mello
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 08 October 2010
OK, this is the second release on new label m=minimal following on from the Conrad Schnitzler LP we recently had in. This one's a re-issue of the classic Chico Mello long player 'Agua' which is a curious little entity that, back in 1986 would have been a one of a kind type of stylistic release but has since acquired itself a healthy reputation over time. Chico Mello is a Brazilian composer much lauded in modern contemporary circles. he now resides in Berlin and is commonly known to perform at various international new music events. 'Agua' is an intense piece of compositional work that embraces abstract minimalism, ritualistic chanting, cute melodic interludes, found sound and collage techniques. It's an unnerving composition that drifts between bouts of sinister darkness and child-like innocence using also sorts of tricks and techniques to create the appropriate atmosphere. Also included here are three other compositions 'Baiando', 'Metraca' and 'Danca' but unfortunately I'm in a rush so you'll have to check the sound clip's if you want to know more. I picked this one up randomly due to the Kompakt distribution label on the back but I'm glad I did as it's a totally appealing listen.
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