For our second issue, filmmaker and sound artist Vincent Moon has compiled an exclusive playlist of his favourite local sounds, and accompanies it with a commentary on some of his selected tracks.
LE LENDEMAIN DES FOLKLORES
1 MARLUI MIRANDA
Brazilian researcher into indigenous culture since the end of the 70s, Marlui Miranda is still poorly recognized for her own musical adventures, even though she opened some amazing paths – imagine Meredith Monk lost in the forest. This song is the opener of her 1996 album ‘IHU – Todos os Sons’, a re-creation of indigenous songs from all around Brazil – and which stays until now as my favorite Brazilian album of all times.
The duet formed by Rully Shabara (vocals) and Wukir Suryadi (instruments) is slowly but surely receiving the praise it deserves, touring around the world to fantastic reception. After all, it’s not everyday that you will see an Indonesian band based around a bamboo homemade instrument, vocal techniques in between tribal and avant garde, and a whole approach reconfiguring the Indonesian musical culture fitting perfectly into this global/tribal village.
3 MARION COUSIN & GASPAR CLAUS
I have collaborated for a long time with french cellist Gaspar Claus, and this recent project of his with Marion Cousin is the type of musical adventure we should all go for. A tender and beautiful take on some ancient songs from the islands of Minorca and Majorca, expanding the rural to another musical space.
4 JERUSALEM IN MY HEART
The Lebanese music scene is boiling as ever, and in the field of avant music even more. Radwan Ghazi Moumneh might be more known for his Montreal collaborations/soundwork for Constellation Records, but his own musical outputs have been dealing a great part with Arabic memory during intense live shows. His more recent release is simply one of the greatest records I heard in years.
5 NIKAIDO KAZUMI
Even though she is not per see searching into ancient Japanese songs, I couldn’t resist but include something by Nikaido, a wonderful singer from Hiroshima that I met and recorded one night in Kyoto. Her voice has always had the power to open in me a very ancient path to the heart – listen and see if she does not bring tears.
6 AMIRA MEDUNJANIN & MERIMA KLUJCO
It’s been some time now that I follow the voice of Bosnian singer Amira Medunjanin. It never sounded better than on this song, at the same time gorgeous and terrifying, with the accordion of Merima Klujco layering some troubled waters. I still hope we will meet and make a recording together one day.
7 LA NOVIA (duo Puech/Gourdon)
Reminding at first of some post-rock adventures but quickly dismissing it all into some very new type of rurality, french collective La Novia stands out in this emerging line of “experimental folklores”, re-assembling ancient french songs into new forms without losing the vibration of the original one.
8 DAKHA BRAKHA
The already cult Ukrainian band has been opening some pretty strong musical paths in the past couple of years. Their unique take on old Ukrainian songs mixed with a very diverse instrumentation leads to some of the most powerful live shows you can see those days. And this song seems to find an ideal spot where Pygmees polyphonic voices can jam with Siberian throat singing, before taking off for some new land.
9 SOEMA MONTENEGRO
Argentinian singer Soema has been my favorite voice in the past ten years, and will continue for the next twenty. Am trying to bring her to Europe more as she deserves a way wider audience than what she had until now.
10 LUZMILA CARPIO (remixed by ZZK / Nicola Cruz)
Buenos Aires based label ZZK has been putting out some colorful new music from South America in the past 8 years, and this collection of remixes (this one by revered Ecuadorian musician Nicola Cruz) of Bolivian legend Luzmila Carpio is a great example of where electronic music in that part of the world is going to.
11 SONIDOS RAÍCES DEL PERÚ (La Familia Choquihuillca / remixed by El Sueno de la Casa Propia)
Recordings of mostly ‘traditional’ music I made around Peru in 2013 have been transformed into a whole new thing under the input of S&C website. This remix by El Sueno de la Casa Propia is my favourite of the collection, a fantastic take on a chant from Cusco.
A very interesting Portuguese project by Tiago Pereira and Sílvio Rosado, remixing ‘field recordings’ made around the country into some pretty weird tracks. Actually all the original recordings were made by Tiago himself, through his documentary research “A musica portuguesa a gostar dela propria” – a collection of more than a thousand films made in the past 5 years on local music.
13 MAALEM MAHMOUD GUINIA & FLOATING POINTS
I included that song as I think it’s still quite rare to see such a level of accomplishment in the ‘dialogue’ between tradition and modernity – and am not talking about remixes here. Floating Points subtle electronic approach never get out of phase from the great master Maalem Mahmoud Guinia (who left us early this august) gnawa ensemble. Pretty sublime.
14 METÁ METÁ
Impossible to forget in this selection the Sao Paulo based trio, who has been highly renovating Brazilian music for the past 5 years. Digging into afro-brazilian spirituality (this song is about the practices of Candomblé and Ifa), their virtuoso afro-jazz-punk goes to another level with the great voice of Juçara Marçal leading it.
I discovered this song only recently, and it’s been a huge wave of love each time I put it on, the mbira playing reaching incredible heights here. The fact that it’s the last recording of the late Zimbabwean singer Chiwoniso only adds to the emotion of this absolute chef d’oeuvre.
It’s been released on one of those fabulous micro-labels that are blooming around on Bandcamp, in my opinion the greatest treasure trove of our musical period.
16 SENİ GORMEM İMKANSIZ
To close this little selection, I couldn’t forget a little recording made in Istanbul some years ago, with Gaye Su Akyol and Tugçe Senogul building a beautiful lullaby in between worlds and amongst friends.