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Sara Serpa & André Matos

Night Birds

Review by Gary Hill

This music is art music. It is probably considered jazz-aligned, but this really stretches beyond that. While most of the vocals are of the non-lyrical variety, there are a couple songs that feature words. Overall, this is challenging music that also works really well. I highly recommend it to those who have an open mind and adventurous spirit.

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Track by Track Review
From a distance
This rises up gradually with a single sonic feature that holds it for a time. Eventually other instrumentation joins as this explores minimalistically and in mellow ways. A voice joins after a time in a non-lyrical way. There is a real almost spooky, otherworldly vibe to this. This is trippy and artsy and quite intriguing.
There is a little more energy and "song-like" quality here than there was on the previous tune. This grows outward with style and charm. It has more non-lyrical vocals. There is both a jazz and folk prog vibe at play here.
Melting ice (feat. Okkyung Lee)
Noisier, but still on the mellow side, this is tastefully strange and experimental. At a little over a minute-and-a-half, it's also short.
Weird jazz, free-form experimental prog and more merge on this track. There are multiple layers of vocals, and some almost sound lyrical. I really love some of the guitar work on this. It reminds me a little of Robert Fripp.
Night Birds (feat. Sofia Jernberg)
Another that is fairly trippy and sparse, this is also dramatically artistic. This grows out into really freaky territory as it continues.
This has lyrical vocals, at first, literally counting. This is more "song-like" with a rather jazz rock oriented arrangement. I really dig the jazzy guitar work on this a lot.
Underwater (feat. Sofia Jernberg)
Nearly acapella as it gets going, there is some tuned percussion in the mix along with the odd, artsy, non-lyrical vocals. Piano is added to the mix, but the instrumental portion of this is downplayed and sparse. The track is experimental in sound.
Degrowth (feat. Sofia Jernberg, Okkyung Lee)
A bit more jazz oriented, this is creative and artistic. The vocals have some lyrical content to them.
Bergman's Island
I really love the intricate acoustic guitar on this track. The vocals bring it toward some early mellow King Crimson territory.
Lost whale (feat. Okkyung Lee)
More sparse and freeform as it gets underway, this grows out from there. It's very experimental with the vocals landing closer to humming.
Watching you grow
There is a weird, cartoony voice at the beginning of this. Some piano comes in as the track continues. Eventually some jazzy modes take over as the track continues. 
Bagatelle, Op.6 Lento
Classical music, jazz and more merge on this arrangement. There is a spacey, experimental nature to it, and it's quite an intriguing piece of music.
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