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Multidisciplinary Portuguese artists Calhau! return in 2020 with a new album and their first release on Discrepant.
It’s quite possible you’ve never heard about them. They’re not that famous in Portugal or anywhere. Calhau! is formed by couple Alves von Calhau and Marta von Calhau, not their real names, but they’re their real names in the artistic reality Calhau! have been working in the last 15 years. But now that you’ve read their name, you must dig in. They’re one of a kind.
They’re not musicians, painters, illustrators, sculptures, visual artists or performers. They’re all the above but without manifesting their work specifically in any of them. While listening to “Tau Tau” – or any of their other releases – that translates quite well: their sound is quite visual, the voices translate into movement and the arbitrary use of sounds reveal a strong sensibility to the architecture of aesthetic.
“Tau Tau” manifests the voice element in Calhau!’s music as their main element. It’s been present in previous releases, but it’s the centerpiece here. All the words/phrases you hear are wordplays, with Portuguese words and their sounds, but also associations and co-relations. It’s done with purpose and meaning, it’s tailored work that carries meaning and – like in “BÓFIACULT” – a social critique.
The sounds and how Marta plays with her voice expose some other areas of work in Calhau!’s domain, like their continued interest in Portuguese folk traditions, not just with music/sound but also with objects. Objects that, ultimately, you can listen in “Tau Tau”. If you’re a fan of both our “Antologia De Música Atípica Portuguesa” compilations (they’ve of contributed with one track for our first volume “O Trabalho”), you’ll find “Tau Tau” as a good complement of how 21st century musicians understand and recreate Portuguese folklore.
released March 6, 2020
Composed & Performed by Von Calhau
Bag Pipes by Vasco Alves
Mastered & Cut by Rashad Becker
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Discrepant: inconsistent; conflicting; at variance [from Latin discrepāns, from discrepāre to differ in sound, from dis-1 + crepāre to be noisy]
Lovely singing and great music. I can really feel the emotion behind each song and how it's sung. The mix of east and west sounds is very inspiring. Long before we had wars we had each others music and were drawn to the sound. The music is beautiful. VUKARI
Whether it's guided feedback or explosive improv, Charmaine brings the absolute fiercest imagination with her voice and her listening. This album's got frenetic bursts, it's got meditative calm, and it's crammed with subtle spaces to crawl inside. KNVF is totally thrilling and superbly crafted. James May