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Charades – “Revolución Solar”

January 24, 2010

¿Cómo serían el pop y la psicodelia de los Beach Boys, Os Mutantes o Love en el año 2010 de nuestra era? Charades tienen la respuesta. Tras varios meses desaparecidos, inmersos en su particular revolución y decididos a hacer lo que les da la gana, Charades regresan, constatando que las promesas que forjó “En Ningún Lugar” (BCore, 08) son una sólida realidad. Tras la excelente acogida que supuso dicho trabajo -aluvión de excelentes críticas, la edición internacional y decenas de conciertos-, este es uno de los discos más deseados del año. Pero que nadie espere que la formula se repita. “Revolución Solar” suena más a Charades que nunca, pero unas Charades que jamás habíamos escuchado.


Esta nueva entrega abraza de nuevo los valores de los 60: imaginación, libertad, belleza, amor y experimentación, pero estamos en el siglo XXI. Aunque los referentes y su cultivado gusto están claros, no hay aquí un ápice de revival, ni mimetismos pop, rock o folk. “Revolución Solar” un álbum de pop psicodélico, tribal, profundo y bello; donde, tomando elementos de todas y cada una de las cosas que les inspiran, Charades han construido una maravilla de principio a fin. Extraños y locos ritmos se entremezclan con preciosas y distinguidas melodías; sintetizadores de todo tipo (hasta techno!) armonizan con guitarras acústicas, percusiones orgánicas se dejan envolver por una nube de delays y sus letras -más sinceras, dolorosas y bonitas que nunca- nos abren la cabeza. Charades experimentan, construyen y deconstruyen a su antojo y salen ganando. Porque siguen haciendo canciones redondas, perfectas y conmovedoras. Grabado y producido impecablemente por Santi García (repiten con él por tercera vez), estas diez canciones vienen a emocionarnos y a hacer del mundo un sitio mejor. Este es su disco definitivo: ¡comienza la Revolución Solar!

Charades:
Isabel Fdez. Reviriego: Voz y guitarras
Antía Moure: Voz, percusiones y teclados
Coki García: Teclados y piano
Toño Castro: Bajo
Guillermo Llansó: Bateria
Eric Uguet: tourmanager y talismán
Jose Vázquez: técnico de sonido
Santi García: productor fantástico

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YikeBike – Urban Freedom

December 13, 2009

YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini-farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers. We sat down to try and answer:

  • What is the simplest way to get from A to B with the aid of a machine?
  • What is the smallest wheel you can have to get a stable, safe, comfortable ride?
  • Can you make something small enough to be able to go with you anywhere in a city?
  • Wonder if we could make a unicycle dramatically easier to ride and fold?

We were intrigued by creating something that could dramatically change urban transport, enabling city dwellers a fast, safe and easy way to navigate their environment.

The result was the mini-farthing concept and its first expression, the YikeBike. It employs state-of-the-art technology, engineering and industrial design to create a new class of personal transport.

More on the history of the development of the concept can be found at www.minifarthing.com

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A Fine Frenzy

December 13, 2009

Alison Sudol (born December 23, 1984), known professionally as A Fine Frenzy is an American alternative singer and songwriter and pianist. Her debut album, One Cell in the Sea, reached number one on the charts, putting her on the map around the world thanks to her sultry, romantic ballad ‘Almost Lover.’ After ‘One Cell in the Sea,’ Alison Sudol followed with the album ‘Bomb in a Birdcage,’ which hit Number One Top Pop Album, and hit the top of the digital charts. Wasting no time following up their acclaimed second album, A Fine Frenzy released a six-song EP ‘Oh Blue Christmas’ which like the bands other work, is a must for any music collection.

At the age of 24, Alison Sudol is a rare being, filled with a passionate soul, magnificent voice, stellar songwriting, and an incredibly sweet personality backed by a unique, worldly intelligence.

Read the interview by Bruce Edwin.
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Deolinda

December 13, 2009

Her name is Ana Bacalhau and she is old enough to realize that life isn’t as easy as it seems. Merrily unmarried, in love and out of love, born in Lisbon, she inhabits a ground floor apartment somewhere in the suburbs of the capital. She writes her own songs by peeking through the curtains of her window, drawing inspiration from the old gramophone records that once belonged to her grandmother and by the bizarre and strange life of her neighbours. She lives with 2 cats and a gold fish…

Deolinda is a project from Lisbon inspired by fado and its traditional roots in order to create original songs based on portuguese traditional and popular music. It came to life in 2006, by the hands of 4 young musicians with diverse musical backgrounds and experiences (such as classical music, jazz, ethnical and traditional music), searching to recreate a sound rooted in popular music through the crossing of different musical languages and musical research serving as a base for the group’s original compositions.

Read the review from The Times
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Urban Junkies

December 13, 2009

Urban Junkies is a daily e-magazine; need-to-know information that drops into our inbox every morning for free. They provide insider information about urban gems and new openings in cities around the world.

They announce things the day they happen. Whether it be an exhibition opening or a restaurant launch, a limited edition product release, or a secret sample sale, they find out what’s going on so we don’t have to.

Urban Junkies is made up of a team of experienced freelancers, trend forecasters, fashionistas, food lovers, art directors and graphic designers, who come together to add timely content and expertise from all areas of media and urban life.

Get your daily fix: Barcelona | London

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Carminho

October 12, 2009

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Carminho is one of the strongest names of the new generation of Fado. A name with a history and a legacy of another great fado singer, that is Teresa Siqueira.

Carminho started to hear fado very early. The mother was the owner of “Taverna do Embuçado”, one of the houses of Fado with the best reputation that Lisbon had.

Now, she gives life to everything what she have heard. She has assimilated emotions, styles, life and poetry. Has an unmistakable style, a serious and melodic voice that makes everything and everyone “hypnotised”, to breathe, feel and hear her singing.

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‘Millennium Foundation’ launches MASSIVEGOOD

September 24, 2009

MASSIVEGOOD

MASSIVEGOOD is powered by the Millennium Foundation for Innovative Finance for Health.

MASSIVEGOOD is a new global citizen solidarity movement aimed at saving lives by treating and fighting life-threatening diseases among the world’s most vulnerable populations.

This movement is based on voluntary micro-contributions (USD $2 or equivalent in other currencies) that people can add on top of their reservation ticket price each time they fly, book a hotel room or a rent a car.

Through these simple and inexpensive  acts relayed all around the world,  MASSIVEGOOD will enable citizens to play a major role in rebalancing the world. Indeed billions of travel products reservations are sold every year (including more than 2 billion air legs), representing an unprecedented fund-raising potential for individuals hardly seen before.

The technology solution for MASSIVEGOOD was developed by Amadeus and can be integrated into all GDS systems and embedded in the regular booking system for airline tickets and other travel reservations. As a result, MASSIVEGOOD will make it easy for everyone who travels to make their micro-contributions through a simple click each time they book their reservation, whether online or through an agent.

This is the first major fundraising initiative launched by the Millennium Foundation, whose mission is to mobilize new sources of innovative funding to achieve the three health-related Millennium Development Goals agreed to by the United Nations in 2000: to treat and fight life-threatening diseases, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis; to reduce childhood mortality; and to improve maternal health.

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