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Prize
     

Prize

by Arto Lindsay
 
From no-wave skronk guitarist to casual sambista, Arto Lindsay continues a journey into the music of his youth that has been as unexpected as it has been beautiful. Since his excellent SUBTLE BODY in 1996, Lindsay has found more and more fluid ways of merging the earthy dip and sway of Brazilian music with the angular barbs of avant-garde jazz and noise-pop.

Overview

From no-wave skronk guitarist to casual sambista, Arto Lindsay continues a journey into the music of his youth that has been as unexpected as it has been beautiful. Since his excellent SUBTLE BODY in 1996, Lindsay has found more and more fluid ways of merging the earthy dip and sway of Brazilian music with the angular barbs of avant-garde jazz and noise-pop. But as a missionary's son raised in the tropics, Lindsay's no stranger to the push-pull of desire and taboo, sweetness and poison. There's always a sinister shadow behind the lightness of his soft, engaging vocals (often in Portuguese) and the jarring beauty of dramatically contrasting and textured music. Brittle imagery decorates skeletal arrangements: Arto sings of cuts and scratches, reason and lust; snares crackle behind him, a guitar slashes, cool horns sigh in bossa nova harmonies. PRIZE might be Lindsay's most singular exploration into Brazilian influences -- working once again with bassist Melvin Gibbs and producer/multi-instrumentalist Andres Levin, Lindsay manages to come across as tropical even when not dipping into samba rhythms, and the lightest bossa moments have a dissolute urban cast. Already a significant influence on Brazilian artists such as Caetano Veloso and Vinicius Cantuaria, Lindsay crafts rewarding cutting-edge music that cuts deep, indeed.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Arto Lindsay has come a long way since his early days as one of the prime architects of downtown New York's no wave sound, a period when he played untuned guitar in the noise trio DNA and served as the first vocalist for the Golden Palominos. Since then he's been a fairly ubiquitous guest artist and has pursued his own interest in the music of Brazil (where he was raised), as well as taking a detour into slightly avant-garde dance-pop with the group Ambitious Lovers. His solo work in recent years has gotten a bit mushy, perhaps, but Prize finds him tightening things up. The drum'n'bass textures that lay on the surface of his last album like laminate are more fully integrated this time out: "Prefeelings" combines a fractured breakbeat with salsa-fied acoustic guitar and saxophones; "Resemblances" smears subtle intimations of electronic mayhem under Latin percussion and guitar, while Lindsay sings lines like "Stay calm/Keep calm/Let the room outgrow the walls" in a dry, laconic voice. None of this is anywhere near as tuneful as his work with Ambitious Lovers, but there's a maturity to it that will keep you coming back for more. There are also a few good blasts of detuned guitar, and that's always a good thing.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/19/1999
Label:
Righteous Babe
UPC:
0748731701628
catalogNumber:
16

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Performance Credits

Arto Lindsay   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Bob Malach   Clarinet,Horn,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Cyro Baptista   Cuica
Dougie Bowne   Drums,Keyboards
Melvin Gibbs   Bass,Keyboards
Andres Levin   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Pandeiro,Rhythm,Stylophone
Sandra Park   Violin
Peter Scherer   Piano
Vinia Mojica   Vocals
Michael Leonhart   Trumpet,Melodica
Vinicius Cantuaria   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Drums
Kazu Makino   Vocals
Dari Moraes   Electric Guitar,Timbales,Caixa,Pandeiro,Surdo
Eyvind Kang   Violin,Viola
Scooter Warner   Drums
Micah Gaugh   Saxophone
Sharon Yamada   Violin
Roderick Gross   Drums
Beans   Vocals
Casey Benjamin   Saxophone
Robert Rinehart   Viola
Alan Stepansky   Cello

Technical Credits

Arto Lindsay   Producer
Brian Eno   Sound Effects
Melvin Gibbs   Programming,Producer
Andres Levin   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Amedeo Pace   Producer
Steve Cohen   Executive Producer
Tom Schick   Engineer
Steve Barber   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Diego Cortez   Producer,Art Direction
Kenji Shimoda   Engineer
Matthew Barney   Sculpture
Michael James O'Brien   Sculpture

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