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August 2014
Cantina
"' Horizons' EP
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Cantina is the Italian word for "cellar," the dark and rather cold place where time, wood, air and silence magically transorfm tedious grape juice into inebriating, delicious wine. Cantina is also the name of Renata Zeiguer's growing musical project, a band so quiet that one could say it flirts with silence, and so charming and dreamy to sound magic. Their seven track debut EP 'Horizons' opens with airy ballad 'When Your Eyes,' that sounds like an irresistible siren call coming out of an old wooden gramophone, where a lush, acoustic arrangement slowly overwhelms a melody so pristine it could only be conceived in the the squalid corners of Bushwick. All we can gather from the lyrics is: "and if you ask me to..." - which is really all a siren should say to a hungover NYC-life sailor. The rest of the record offers similar atmospheres, althought at times more upbeat ('Stay Like This') and more electric ('Fields') but always dominated by Renata's celestial soprano and her otherworldly melodies, and well supported by an unobtrusive musical background that perfectly serves each song.

 
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Callers announces third album for October

Callers announces third album for October

There's a surprise 'round every corner and corners in plenty to be found on Brooklyn-via-New Orleans duo Callers' third album 'Reviver'. When you think you're about to comfortably dive into some light-hearted pop the skippy beat breaks down; once you're settled in the groove, Sara Lucas' soulful R'n'B vocals pierce through and you're heading towards memories of Motown classics but then, as you begin to be seduced by her sultry tones, a barely-there punk cadence or jerky rhythm kicks in and you're in for 'something completely different'.

Fact is though, all twists and turns flow seamlessly, and the experimental dexterity with which Sara & Ryan drift back and forth between one another's influences would make any middle-ground, if they were to seek one... well to put it bluntly, a waste of creative potential. The album only comes out October 9th via Partisan Records, but here's a teaser for you, streaming below; meanwhile, you can catch Callers as they head back to NYC in the course of their current tour, on September 20th at The Music Hall Of Williamsburg. - Tracy Mamoun

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