Samba de la Muerte has today released his new album titled ‘Ornament’. Such a global feeling in the music and topped off with hook-centric album building tracks cascading from one to the other to the next, Samba de la Muerte offers a solid balance of originality and accessibility with a fluidic flow and enough avant garde to leave something for the cool kids in the room.
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About Samba de la Muerte
Formed in 2012, the Caen based band will embark on the beginning of a new chapter with ‘Ornament’. Between the eccentric folktronica of 2013’s debut ‘Fire’ and 2020’s powerful Landmark EP, supported by Gilles Peterson on BBC 6 Music, the path has been rich and fruitful for Samba de la Muerte. Perhaps it also coincided with a long-term reflection on their own creative process.
Over the past decade, the musical references that first guided the group’s aesthetics have unfurled naturally and effectively into Samba de la Muerte’s world, nourishing it into maturity. Heavily influenced by the sounds coming from across the channel, the band drew inspiration from England’s musical leanings. From Talk Talk’s sophisticated pop, to Talking Heads’ avant-garde post punk shenanigans or even Radiohead’s frantic experiments withsound, Samba de la Muerte’s new album will certainly come across as an accomplishment and a rebirth.
Born from a search for the inner child through memories of the past, Ornament will reach its listeners as the lucid culmination of an endeavor that is both structured and spontaneous, just as a cinematographic narrative would be. Its eleven tracks are a combination of eleven scenes, alternating fleeting happiness and melancholy, strength and delicacy. The album purports to be a form of newly coined “stretch pop”, a music that sprawls, constantly resulting in new shapes, blissful and dazzlingly subtle, always deepening in the uncharted self.
Featured image by Sylvain La Rosa.