Marlene Ribeiro - Toquei No Sol (Sun Yellow Vinyl)
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A travelogue that unites physical and inner space, a series of trance states rendered in vivid colour, a delirious portal into the ether.
Marlene Ribeiro’s debut for Rocket Recordings and first album under her own name is all of this and much more. Toquei No Sol is a
fresh new chapter for this unique artist, by far the most melodic and transcendent outing yet for her hypnotic dreampop This is only the
latest release in a long history of sonic experimentation for Marlene, which includes her previous work as Negra Branca and as a
member of GNOD, not to mention collaborations with Valentina Magaletti and Thurston Moore. Toquei No Sol is also a record with a
very distinctive and potent sense of place, paradoxically despite having been woven together from recordings made in Ireland, Wales,
Portugal, Madeira and Salford. Marlene’s fleet-footed approach to melody rings through even as the tracks conjure visions of heathazes, meditative spaces and late-night epiphanies. Although listeners may hear echoes of the loop-driven psychedelia of Panda
Bear’s Person Pitch or the incantatory ululations of Pocahaunted in these beguiling soundscapes and magick-strewn mantras, the truth
is that the aesthetic here is very much Marlene’s alone. “It’s all a big misty haze of nostalgia, playfulness, self-reflection nd
hopefulness” is what Marlene reckons herself. Yet Toquei No Sol is also a transporting vision from an artist both returning to her roots
and looking out to new celestial horizons. Tracks:01. Quatro Palavras 02. Sangue De Lua De Lobo 03. Toquei No Sol 04. You Do It 05.
Forever 06. What It Is