Boomkat Product Review:
Valentina Magaletti (Raime, Tomaga, Vanishing Twin) & Marlene Ribeiro (Gnod, Negra Blanca) venture their oneiric style of “tropical concrete” in a gently head-swilling duo following Horn of Plenty’s excellent Moniek Darge reissue.
Respectively, Magaletti and Ribeiro are responsible for roles on some of the past decade’s most definitive, chthonic recordings. Working in combination for a residency at Porto’s Hysteria, on ‘Due Matte’ they gamely explore an intersection of percussion, dreamlike vocals and amorphous, spatialised electronics of an ancient-sounding calibre, calling to mind the otherworldly works of everyone from Michael Ranta to Christos Chondropoulos.
In 12 parts they deftly move perpendicular to trends and lure listeners into elusive, etheric headspaces via the finest sleight of hand and a mutual vision. With grittily fluid dynamic they melt time markers and work deep inside their own sense of temporality, with Valentina’s drumming meting out a mix of omnidirectional and drivingly head-down rhythms where Marlene flickers in the spaces between, variously picking out shards of D. Bailey-esque guitar and smearing woodwind and spittle into its smoky nooks, or cooing from somewhere behind your ears. The way they gel together is quite remarkable, and perfectly captured in the recording’s roiling soundsphere mix down, which murkily brings their idea of “tropical concrete” to life with all the slow, febrile humidity and lo-fi GRM vibes you could expect from that evocative description.