I have absolutely no idea how this arrived on the LOUD HORIZON desk … but I’m mighty glad it did! It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, I know – but please… give it a listen. You may just be surprised!
‘4’ is the 4th album from the Portuguese psychedelic jazz rock noise project dUAS sEMIcOLCHEIAS iNVERTIDAS (dSCi).
The following background information has been lifetd quite unashamedly from the band’s Facebook page:
It’s hard to understand how a band that was born in an incidental and improvised way, baptized first with a symbol and later with a strange and unpronounceable name, which line-up has always been in constant change and that possesses such an odd sound, has managed to survive until now. In fact, it doesn’t cease to surprise that dUASsEMIcOLCHEIASiNVERTIDAS still exists and that they continue not to take themselves too seriously.
In almost five years of intense and frantic activity, during which they inscribed a unique path between the margins and between the lines of the Portuguese musical scene, dSCi have self-released two EPs (“I” in 2008 and “II” in 2009) and a tape through the label A Giant Fern (“SADITREVNiSAIEHCLOcIMEsSAUd“ in 2010), participated in many compilations, made four European tours and played around 200 concerts in the most diverse situations and venues (including bars, clubs, squats, associations, auditoriums, festivals, demonstrations, benefits, squares, wastelands, tents, laundries, factories, shopping centres, convents, parks, theatres, cinemas, bookstores, restaurants, attics, basements, kitchens, etc.)
In the midst of all this they still found time to organize dozens of events with Portuguese and international acts through the Associação Terapêutica do Ruído (dSCi’s siamese twin which is dedicated to promoting DIY concerts and more recently to publishing and distributing records) and also to form other side projects such as: Gan Gan Gan (with the Portuguese poet Tiago Gomes), PPCM (with the American pianist Thollem Mcdonas), the dj collective Kafunfo noSoundsystem, Cena 28 or the Orquestra do Ruído.
Now they are about to release their first LP in a partnership between Associação Terapêutica do Ruído ,the Portuguese labels A Giant Fern and Experimentáculo and the Italian labels Another Shame, Eclectic Polpo, Fooltribe and Human Feather.
The album will be published on vinyl in an exclusive and limited edition, but will be later reissued digitally by the Portuguese net label Enough Records for free download, as has happened with rest of the group’s discography.
Entitled “4”, not only because it’s their fourth recording, but also due to its numerological significance and as kind of tribute to mythical albums in the history of rock like Led Zeppelin’s “IV”, Black Sabbath‘s “Vol. 4” or Beyoncé‘s “4”, the record is divided in two very different sides which embody the two most distinctive features of the band: in side A there are six structured tracks and in side B a long improvisation, recorded live on studio with seven members of the collective (including two drums, two saxophones and a juggler/performer).
If you’re still reading, you must be interested, so here’s the link to the album stream – I’m afraid I’m unable to stream directly from LOUD HORIZON at the moment.