Friday, September 05, 2014

· VITOR, Songs From Another Gender part VII ·

Hullo, me hearties.

This is the seventh entry of the presentation I make for Through Waves’ EP “SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER”.

“SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER” is a short collection of songs from my personal files which, until the present date, I was unable to release, for various reasons. They are now properly assembled and recorded, and available for you. For eight weeks, I will present each track with lyrics and whatever story I can tell about them. This EP happens at a defining moment in my life, which is characterized by a tremendous shift of perspective regarding my identity and expression; and by being an ongoing theme in denial in my life, as the songs come from as late as 2008 and as early as 2013, shows that it is imperative to address this subject, otherwise Through Waves would have no means to continue its musical endeavours. Basically, without this EP, there would be no other albums, or no Raine Holtz for that matter (whoever they are), so here it is, at last.

"SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER" will be released on September 16, 2014, as a limited edition CD and digital download, all available exclusively on The Lily AnnWharf, Through Waves' Official Bandcamp. As usual, produced and released independently by myself via my private label The Schooner Harbour, it features 8 songs: one of them, "Fredrich", being a translation/adaptation of a poem written by my mother in the 70's.

The seventh track presented is VITOR: “The King of Swords”.

This song was first meant to be part of the album "Santuário" of 2012, but it didn't quite fit with the rest of the tracks, and disrupted the flow. So I ended up with this structured percussive line and a couple of layers, but didn't know what to do with it, until I decided to look around me and pick up the energies of some people who, at the time were playing major roles in my road toward healing and peace (which really was the goal of "Santuário"). With this song, I was striving to visualize things with the point of view of others, and thinking how would they materialize music without any musical knowledge; and diving into the energies they were feeding me, the approach was entirely different from my usual process of elaboration, which ended up giving me a very interesting way to finalize this track. I remember vividly taking up an acoustic guitar, laying it flat on my lap and hammering the strings with two dulcimer hammers, playing the thing as if it was, in fact, a dulcimer. This percussive quality evoked a very airy, windy feeling, oddly; and the tarot imagery, along with the particular traits of a person I know characterized the wordless singing, much like the cards themselves do: telling a story without language.

I am pleased to introduce you to VITOR. Thank you for listening. For the last song of “SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER”, please visit this page on September 12.

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You are able to pre-order the limited edition CD of "SONGS FROM ANOTHER GENDER" in the link below!