[SUB027] GONÇALO PENAS - EGO DE ESPINHOS LP [SUBTEXT RECORDINGS]
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"Ego De Espinhos" is the debut full-length from twenty-two year old Porto, Portugal-based artist Gonçalo Penas.
Described by Penas as a series of “self-exorcisms,” Ego De Espinhos is the cathartic outcome of a highly introspective process. Shaped by opposing forces and instincts, the LP touches on themes that are at once intimate, yet omnipresent. Splendor confronts destruction; id confronts super-ego.
Created solely with digital instruments designed and built by the artist, Ego De Espinhos is the result of Penas’ improvisations. Tracks such as “Introdução, Umbigo” and “Tecto Falso” were recorded in one take, and evidence a stark, dramatic emotional palette.
The release begins as Penas chooses to reject rigidities, customs and conventions of experimental electronic music. Of his process, Penas says: “Personally, I feel that creation should come from a completely free act of will. It is a place where there should be no rules, no expectations, no rights and no wrongs.”
Produced using a hand drum, piano, voice, shruti box and Roland SH-101, six correlations brings together many of the influences from the Subtext artists James Ginzburg has worked with over the last years, such as Turkish artist and percussionist Cevdet Erek, Swedish composer Ellen Arkbro, Paul Purgas, and recent releases on Arc Light Editions such as 'Salm', an LP of Gaelic Psalm singing from the Outer Hebrides of Scotland.