LAU RO - CABANA CD

LAU RO - CABANA CD

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RELEASED ON 7.6.2024 ON FAR OUT RECORDINGS VIA PROPER 


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Having spent their formative years in Sao Paulo Brazil, as a teenager, Lau

Ro found themself uprooted from their home - Moving with their family

to Europe in search of a better quality of life, their story was like that of

many immigrants in the same position - Lau Ro's parents found work in

factories and cleaning jobs, for the first few years in the North of Italy and

then in Brighton on England's Southern coast.

 

"We never managed to visit back home, so my connection to Brazil became largely

made up of childhood memories and my fascination with all the 60s and 70s music

I could find from there."

In Brighton, the young non-binary singer and composer would immerse themself

amongst the city's vanguard of free- thinking artists and musicians. Lau Ro

formed Wax Machine whose prefigurative, psychedelic community provided a

glimmer of countercultural hope amid a backdrop of national political decline.

From 2020-23, Wax Machine birthed three cult-favourite albums in as many years;

indebted in part to their British psychedelic forebears from progressive folk, rock

and jazz yore. But the kernel of Lau's Brazilian sound was already beginning to

blossom across Wax Machine's releases. Now, taking root deeper still, Lau Ro

steps forward with their debut album: Cabana.

 

Named after the small wood cabin at the bottom of their garden where the album

was recorded, Cabana is a deeply personal record of memory, self-discovery and

imagination. Melancholy and hope combine across ten tracks of dreamy bossa,

ambient folk, fuzzy tropicalia and majestic MPB. The music is swathed in

masterful string arrangements and trippy electronics in equal part, while Lau Ro's

delicate, yet quietly confident voice takes acerbic aim (in both English and

Portuguese) at polluted city life, while dreaming of a utopia, rich with nature and

wildlife.

Like the musical equivalent of semantic drift, Lau Ro's displacement led to the

creation of another Brazil. A mythic place in Lau's soul, as they put it, "where the

sunshine and joy of my childhood remained untapped." Lau continues: "It's music

that might sound as if it came out of a parallel universe Brazil, rather than its

modern day landscape. I am nowadays rediscovering Brazil, going back as often as

I can and trying to stay connected to these different parts of the world and myself."


Tracks:

1. Onde Eu Vou

2. Each Day

3. Assim

4. Ensolarade

5. Casinha

6. Somewhere

7. Diferente

8. Midnight Blue

9. Lugar

10. Metamorfose