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Cuidado Madame

by Arto lindsay

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1.
Grain By Grain
2.
Each to Each
3.
Ilha Dos Prazeres
4.
Tangles
5.
Deck
6.
Vão Queimar Ou Botando Pra Dançar
7.
Seu Pai
8.
Arto vs. Arto
9.
Uncrossed
10.
Unpair
11.
Pele de Perto

about

• 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

credits

releases 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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