How the inspiration of family history can turn into ethereal and mystical songs on the borderline between folk, everyday objects, electronics, and dreamy melodies.
There is something of folk, something of pop, something of storytelling, but also something of adventurous impression in this music. On the one hand, the subtly woven woodwinds here transmit some timeless tale; on the other, rhythmic, trance-like forms like the one in Toquei no Sol with the artist’s duplicated vocals create an intimate but resolutely resonant chorus, which introduces a meditative character. Fortunately devoid of pathos, Ribeiro breaks down brilliantly: the finale is crowned by a clucking chorus.
Occasionally, as in ‘You do It’, there are catchy melodies here that sound like someone fished them out from somewhere and pasted them into this melodic, ambient pop, in which they seduce like Odysseus’ sirens. Although the album was written about Ribeiro’s ancestral history, it’s hard to sense a reference to any particular place or tradition here. Perhaps it is her search for it in a globalized world that is most evident here: where nostalgia and reflection provoke the spinning of contemporary tales on the borders of folk, pop, electronica, and tradition.