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Impress​õ​es de Outra Ilha (Borneo)

by Gonçalo F. Cardoso



A globetrotter in the most pure and respectful sense, away from the trappings of neo-colonialist ventures and predatory tourism, Discrepant head honcho Gonçalo F. Cardoso returns to his Island impression series to offers us another glimpse of his deep, abstract impressions of (an)other island.

After passionately collecting the sounds and lives inhabiting the main Island of Zanzibar, Unguja, released through Edições CN back in 2018, Cardoso now dwells into the Malaysian heartbeat of the Borneo forest through Island recordings made during a trip in 2016. Assembled in situ with meticulous craft from portable recorders, samplers and battery powered synths, these nice recollections conjure the spirits that lurk behind the inhabitable and the communal that are as much part of a personal memoir as an impressionistic portrait open to new meanings. Focused compositions that flow organically, bending the environment in & out of shape into a new dreamlike exotica with plenty of breathing room for every detail, silence and movement to surface.

A particular moment suspended in time, haunted perpetually by its bygone existence. Something no postcard or photograph could ever, ever come even close to.


''Cardoso is working with a limited palette of sounds , but there is considerable creativity and judgement in the selection of each sound and their melding together by gossamer threads. Listening feels like we're along for the trip, trudging through the forest.'' Vanessa Ague in The Wire March 2022

''This album treats the theme of capturing the island of Borneo in a poetic, whimsical fashion, oscillating between raw recordings of nature, sounds of civilisation and personal compositional contributions from Cardoso. Though I was initially jarred by the presence of electronic sounds, the balance of elements turns out quite pleasant, each of the short pieces functioning as a journal entry from Cardoso's trip. The album would perhaps be more relaxing a listen if it was comprised of pure nature recordings, but has a greater emotional resonance the way it currently is.'' Josh Landry in Musique Machine


released March 4, 2022

Mastered by Rashad Becker

Photography by Gonçalo F. Cardoso

Recorded by Gonçalo F. Cardoso

Typography by Jeroen Wille


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