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Cuidado Madame

by Arto lindsay

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I love my handwriting I love my hand writing your name On your belly Till you forget your name A sudden population drop Two of us at a time What color is the moon tonight Horizon dotted line I've drifted far enough away To confuse me with myself While you go grain by grain
Each to Each 03:05
We know there's a world But we're each to each Actors out there Hat tricks, silver spoons A glass on a tray Glamour, fluorescence We'll forget the steps Enjoy the drama The weight is quite real A glass on a tray Dust in the sky tonight Tight in the morning light Till leaking allure We come back inside
Conhece a ilha dos prazeres Dos prazeres extremos Trilha sonora calcinha charuto Nessa tarde imensa Conhece a ilha dentro do filme Tão cinzento tão extenso Voltando ao crime e ao momento Tudo se fecha por fora e por dentro Ilha maior que o paraíso `A sombra dos cílios A praia é púbica E sem juízo Seus quadris decididos O azul não para no lugar Nesse mormaço íntimo Ilha maior que o paraíso Escândalos brisas
Tangles 03:51
So OK tangles precede But you keep calling this philosophy We're so tangled up in fluids I see myself as you Or some strain of melancholy Where light goes in But won't come out It's way more fabulous If morning never comes Soft darkness Some solid parts These neural paths are new There's a lot i don't recognize in here I might need some naming rights Fond memories of me Wear it out in public places with lights turned down or lights on bright
Deck 03:22
Drop drop drop earrings lost at sea I watch you smile and forget easily When a wave arrives it's perfectly sealed Never been ridden it staggers and unreels Coast lines Blossoms Sand traps Cave ins A ditch in the dark din Stop stop stop ready to confess Confetti shining on the soaking deck Knife handle, knife shaft, just outside the light High ringing birds, tugboats run to ground
Escuro mar escuro céu Ninguem vai nos separar Barulhentos e velozes Tudo sai correndo pra espalhar Nessa completa expansão Surgem vales surgem vazios e vãos Esses buracos grandes São lugares onde estrelas Acontecem, vão queimar Acumulando planetas E botando pra dançar
Seu Pai 04:05 video
Água corre sobre a pedra Fio que descarrega Ouro nem sempre doura a pele A luz nem sempre é veloz Todo verde é transparente E treme ao vento O dia é alto e bate palma Cai a noite esconde a voz O seu pai era bandido Mas você apareceu Nunca é um de uma vez Nunca mais uma coisa só
Uncrossed 04:03
Turn from the bay To catch your robe Where hair begins Where in the air Least weight displaced Like strings and seams Crossed and uncrossed roads Come unbridled here Slide from grammar to glamour Mislay some silver, downpour You can't slip out of this parable
Unpair 03:54
Go on split a lark Light up a nightingale Unmask mockingbirds Captives and their songs Take steel to an owl Scarlet experiment Unpair butterflies Central to my song Take a toucan apart Divide a vulture in flight A parrot's got heart Captive to my song I was lost and breathing hard In the trees gone tan and gray Didn't dare look in their eyes Or count the days
É noite lá no agreste Aonde o seu sotaque macio Cai como a chuva Escuta Estrelas em suas grandezas Acima das nuvens descansam espicham Miragems pestanas Espia A pele de perto Florestas crateras relento e frestas O vento amanhece Palavras vão longe longe


• On April 21th, 2017, Northern Spy Records releases Cuidado Madame, Arto Lindsay’s first full-length album of new material since 2004’s Salt.

• The album is titled after an infamous 1970 Julio Bressane film about oppressed housemaids revolting against and brutally murdering their mistresses. The literal translation is “Careful, Madame.”

• The album is produced by Lindsay. It features Melvin Gibbs, Paul Wilson, Kassa Overall, Patrick Higgins, Ryu Takahashi and Thiago Nassif.

• Candomblé (spiritual rhythms revolving around possession and trance) served as the foundation for the record. The process began with recordings of atabaques in Brazil. Lindsay wrote melodies and lyrics over the rhythms in the studio in Brooklyn.

• The album is an exploration of the cultural nexus of Afro-Brazilian spirituality and western modernity.

When people talk about Arto Lindsay’s body of work, they often project a reductive dichotomy. There is Scary Arto and Sexy Arto.

Scary Arto’s music is stormy and serrated and ruthless and almost deranged; evoking perhaps the glare and noise of New York City. Sexy Arto’s music is seductive and warm and textured and ethereal; evoking perhaps the dappled sunlight of Brazil. Both musics seem dreamlike. In the sense that there are many kinds of dreams.

In 2014, Northern Spy issued a unique and conceptually provocative double-disc anthology of Arto’s solo work, called Encyclopedia Of Arto. Disc 1 was a “best of Arto LIndsay” survey of his solo albums. Disc 2 was something much more unusual: many of the same songs from disc one, performed live with Arto’s signature haywire noise guitar (Scary Arto) juxtaposed against his lilting, slyly erotic, post-Caetano vocal style (Sexy Arto).

The choice to marry Sexy and Scary into a single performance was striking and bold. I cannot speak for Arto, but my read of the statement was that it rebuked the notion that his vision is somehow binary. It felt like fresh terrain.

This brings us to Cuidado Madame, the long awaited new album, where Arto’s mastery is in full bloom. Though the album certainly favors Sexy Arto, its fearlessness makes us let go of our boring, dichotomous ideas. On offer is the full, inimitable Arto Lindsay range of texture, noise, technology, ensemble playing, melody and poetry, sensuality and intellect.

You will find that you stop analyzing and parsing. You will find that you surrender.

In the sense that there are many kinds of dreams.

– Chad Clark
Beauty Pill / Washington, DC / Spring 2017


released April 21, 2017

Produced by Arto Lindsay with Melvin Gibbs, Paul Wilson, Kassa Overall, Patrick Higgins, Ryu Takahashi and Thiago Nassif.

Mixed by Daniel Schlett and Patrick Dillett

Recorded by Daniel Schlett

Mastered by Ue Nastasi at Sterling Sound

Additional recording by Patrick Dillett, Thiago Nassif, Berna Ceppas, Renato Godoy, Dadi Carvalho and Gil Monte

Recorded at Strange Weather Brooklyn, Skyline/Resevoir NYC and Marisa’s, Monoaural and Marini RJ / Atabaques recorded at Toca Do Bandido RJ by Renato Godoy except on “Ilha Dos Prazeres” recorded at Red Bull Studios SP by Rodrigo Funai Costa

Melvin Gibbs bass / Paul Wilson keys, piano and programming / Kassa Overall drums and programming / Patrick Higgins guitar

Gabi Guedes, Jaime Nascimento and Ricardo Braga atabaques / Except on “Ilha Dos Prazers” Gabi Guedes, Iuri Passos and Icaro Sa atabaques.

Mike King hammond organ / Steve Barber additional keys on “Grain by Grain” / Dadi Carvalho guitar on “Pele De Perto” / Lucas Santtana guitar on “Seu Pai” / DJ Omulu programming on “Seu Pai” / Icaro Sa pandeiro on “Botando Pra Dancar”

Programming and midi guitars by Berna Ceppas, Trumpet by Michael Beinhord, Bass by Melvin Gibbs, Repique by Cesar Farias

Executive producers / Titti Santini and Philippe Parreno

Cover by Rirkrit Tiravanija, Designed by Jonah King


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