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Cuidado Madame

by Arto lindsay

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• 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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Track Name: Grain By Grain
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
Track Name: Each to Each
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
Track Name: Ilha Dos Prazeres
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
Track Name: Tangles
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
Track Name: Deck
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
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
Track Name: Vão Queimar Ou Botando Pra Dançar
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
Track Name: Seu Pai
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
Track Name: Uncrossed
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
Track Name: Unpair
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
Track Name: Pele de Perto
É noite lá no agreste
Aonde o seu sotaque macio
Cai como a chuva

Estrelas em suas grandezas
Acima das nuvens descansam espicham
Miragems pestanas

A pele de perto
Florestas crateras relento e frestas
O vento amanhece
Palavras vão longe longe

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