‘Jabuti’ starts with ‘Vagamundo’, a theme that plays with words and, above all, reasons that explain the reason behind Bartholomew Ryan’s first solo album as Loafing Hero. The Irish musician and philosopher, who has lived in Lisbon for some time, took the plural from his band, The Loafing Heroes (in which João Tordo, Giulia Gallina, Judith Retzlik and Jaime McGill participate), and assumed that he would meet again and resolve in the eight songs that make up ‘Jabuti’. Recorded during an artist residency in 2020 in the middle of the Brazilian jungle, in Espírito Santo, Ryan took advantage of his stay in a Buddhist monastery to experience an intense and impulsive creative process, which explores his personal weaknesses and discoveries, as well as innocence, calm and sharing. .
Over the course of a few days, the musician decided to create songs from scratch, one a day, using only his voice and guitar. Hence, ‘Vagamundo’, ‘Jabuti’ is in constant recognition of the journey that involved him, it’s an album adrift everywhere, existing and breathing in this state of delocalized presence, devoid of any idea of fixation. It is an excellent opening theme for this trip, the constant mutations welcome the different inspirations – not only musical – of Bartholomew Ryan for the following themes: when you reach the final theme, ‘Iguatu’, it is inevitable to feel that he is a changed man. With him, his music also changed and when you go back to the songs, you feel that they are no longer the same. In other words, it grows with each listen.
He helps with the work carried out after his return to Europe, with producer Tadklimp (he produced Notwist and many titles in the catalog of Berlin’s Morr Music). They dressed the songs with more instruments and environments that put ‘Jabuti’ in a kind of late child of the quieter songs on ‘Ok Computer’, by Radiohead. The live performance of these beautiful songs takes place at the beginning of spring, a time more than appropriate to be reborn together with Bartholomew Ryan and the songs with jungle soul and pacified heart of ‘Jabuti’.
Joaquim de Brito, aka Shaka, is a Portuguese musician. While living in Seattle, and inspired by the Northwest’s unique combination of urban energy and pure nature, Shaka created “Shaka’s Lo-Fi Experience” – a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s groundbreaking electric sound and to Naná Vasconcelos unparalleled percussive talent. In concert, Shaka plays a berimbau (a single-string percussion instrument of African origin) and lo-fi apparatus. In January 2022, Shaka released his solo album called Shaka’s Lo-Fi Experience (label: Garden Collective), containing sonically experimental tracks such as ‘Second Extinction’, ‘Refugee’, and ‘Native American’.