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The sweet, sweet sounds of João Sobral

I discovered João Sobral’s debut album, ‘Vai Na Fé’ today and I’ve already listened to three times through – admittedly it’s only four songs, but it’s not often I hit repeat. Based in Brazil and influenced by his nation’s colourful, laid back culture, each song is effortlessly cool and as smooth as silk. Sobral’s tones are seductive with the effect of deepening relaxation much like the sensation of sinking into a warm bath… It’s seriously addictive stuff – the very encapsulation of tropical paradise.

I’m excited to see what Sobral gets up to next.

Here’s the silkiest of the bunch:

Catch the rest of it here: http://www.joaosobral.com.br/

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One to watch: Francis Lung

Francis Lung’s (aka Tom McClung, ex member of WU LYF) debut single, “A Selfish Man” is one of my favourite tracks right now. Partly because it’s kicks off with what sounds like some good old fashioned finger clicking, partly because it makes me think of summer strolling, but mainly because it’s just so jazzy and so laid back at the same time. It’s the sort of song you just close your eyes and sway to. I’m doing it right now as I write this post…

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Francis’s tumblr tells us “the album is currently being recorded. it’s currently doing ma head in. it should be done in about 3 days, it probably won’t be. STAY TUNED! DON’T TELL YOUR PARENTS!”

I’m excited.

Give it a listen and see what you think:

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One to watch: Fabienne Rivory

I love Fabienne Rivory’s work. It’s delicate and faded like old photographs you find tucked away in a box in the attic, but at the same time it’s vigorously alive. Her latest, and probably most intriguing, series Mirori uses mirrored images blended with watercolour (a signature style across her work) to transform her personal memories into poetic visions. The combination of real setting with bursts of colour works to convey the intense emotion of the moment and transform the scene into one of the imagination.

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The images Rivory creates sort of remind me of Japanese Haiku in an obscure, visualised form in that they capture the very essence of a fleeting moment by using very little.

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It’s well worth visiting Rivory’s website to view the entirety of her project, Labokoff which began in 2007 and explores the theme of the real world versus dream: http://cargocollective.com/labokoff.

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One to watch: Anastasia Mastrakouli

Artist and photographer, Anastasia Mastrakouli’s ‘naked silhouette alphabet’ has made the fifth year undergraduate student a clear emerging talent to watch in the art world. Her images of the human body pushed up against the steamy glass of a shower are ethereal in their simplicity, demonstrating the natural beauty and flexibility of the human body. Some of the poses the model adopts are quite extraordinary alone and whilst we are given the occasional glimpse of , excuse my language, an anus, the model’s bareness becomes almost irrelevant as the body, freed from all other distractions, becomes an abstracted imprint of a letter. If this is what Mastrakouli can produce at art school, who knows what will happen when she steps out into the big wide world.

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If you like this, check out Mastrakouli’s Youtube to see what else she has up her sleeve: http://www.youtube.com/user/erannumi

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