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Urze De Lume - "Vozes Na Neblina" - by Maxymox 2018

immage  Portuguese ensemble officially composed by the four members here described with their respective instruments played during the live sessions: Ricardo Brito ( studio-composition / Portuguese bagpipe / rabel / viola campaniça / classical guitar / folk guitar / horns ), Tiago Matos ( war drums / percussions / horns ), Gonçalo do Carmo ( war drums / galician bagpipe / viola campaniça / bass / small percussions / horns ) and Hugo Araújo ( sampling and 'shamanic' percussions ). Conceptually inspired by the mythologies deriving from the Lusitan Indo-Europeans - ancestors of the modern Portuguese, who populated the most Western sector of the Iberian peninsula in the pre-Roman Era, corresponding to the current Portugal and the Spanish Extremadura region - the music of Urze De Lume is dimensionally suspended into a remote past linked to the legends inherited by their progenitors, strongly ingrained in turn within the rituals dedicated to the primordial and eternal belonging of Man to Nature, understood as 'inseparable unity', in which concurrently they combine devotion to the generating Force, pride for the own origins, cult of Mother Earth, esotericism, shamanism, revaluation of traditions and mysteric pagan liturgies. The band - founded in the last part of 2009 by Ricarco Brito, Tiago Matos and José Marques - is also supported by the friendly artistic collaboration of external musicians, from always close to Urze De Lume. In order to obtain the right musicality aimed at the mental projection of soundscapes dating back to remote ages, the project utilizes with rare dexterity Iberian folkloristic instruments, which orchestrations, characterized by vividly immersive sounds, expand an uninterrupted sequence of suggestive and visionary atmospheres, which carry back the materiality of the present beyond the centuries, reaching by the fantasy enchanted places, arcane celebrative contexts and life scenarios lost in time; they result sound executions simultaneously circumscribable into a dark-folk range and into a stylistic personalization that can be defined as 'natural-ambient'. The discography of Urze De Lume dates back to 2012, the year of publication of the self-produced debut album "Ibéria Oculta" containing thirteen tracks, followed in 2014 by the self-produced digital release "11", a live recording album composed of eleven songs recorded during the concert held in the year 2011 in Maia, Portugal. Subsequently, in 2015, the band released "Caminhos Da Urze", a self-produced limited edition full-length of fifteen tracks distributed by the Spanish label Soliferro, which six panels of its digipak sleeve are embellished with images created by the Portuguese illustrator of folk-art Albæ Mostazovska. Also noteworthy are their participation in two compilations: "Devotioceltibérica", dated 2015 and licensed by Spanish labels Gradual Hate Records / Soliferro, followed by "Raíz Ibérica", issued in 2014 by the Austrian label Ahnstern and by Soliferro . Another excellent appearance by Urze De Lume is that of "Mar Deserto", a solo album by the Portuguese musician-guitarist Ricardo Gordo, self-produced in 2014, in which the band participates with a track. "Vozes Na Neblina", now analyzed by Vox Empirea, is the EP of 2017 edited by the famous Portuguese brand Equilibrium Music: it includes four tracks divided into two narrated preludes and into two instrumental episodes. The opener is the namesake "Vozes Na Neblina", a poem told through spoken-words pronounced with the magically thoughtful and profound voice by Carles Jimenez, the first of the two protagonists of the Iberian acoustic neofolkish / apocalyptic psychedelic duo-act Àrnica, whose phrasings reverberate over the crackling noises of fire in the background. Arpeggios of acoustic guitar that spread melancholy dark-neofolk harmonies, joined at a slow and hypnotic rhythm that recalls the shamanic ecstasy, constitute the structure of "Quando As Nuvens Escurecem", anticipating "Vozes Na Neblina II", a vocal composition recounted by the second component of the Àrnica, Daniel Pablo, whose cogitabonde tonality, together with the crackling of flames perceivable in the underlays of the track, give the story an intense evocative aura. A tribal aerophonic instrumentality interacts with transcendent cordophone dark-folkish melodies, while a minimal war drumming alternates with rarefied counterpoints of rattles, forming a space-time vortex, which virtually attract in an archaic perspective: all this in "Outono Eterno". Captivating and emotionally fairy music, that of Urze De Lume seduces us through the polarizing fascination and the originality of millenarian sounds, epigonic of the primordial acoustics by the Lusitanian forefathers, now so faithfully interpreted with passion and authenticity. The entire discography of the band is an interesting opportunity to discover cultures lost among the spirals of Time, never forgotten and today relived as poetically atavistic melodies, formulated keeping intact their peculiarities handed down over the generations; the Extended Play "Vozes Na Neblina" will lead the listener into the exploration of this ancestral, illusory macrocosm with which he will relate spiritually, captured by an inscrutable, contemplative, powerful energy. All this is possible. The Urze De Lume never ceased to believe in it.