Awe­some mu­sic you may have missed. This week, Ar­tur Nunes’s ‘Soul of An­gola’

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - TICKET STUBS - Donal Di­neen

Very oc­ca­sion­ally, en­light­en­ing mo­ments oc­cur when you chance upon a record so re­fresh­ingly real and nat­u­ral it ren­ders all other mu­sic a tad con­trived or forced. The mo­ment can feel like a chance en­counter with a work­ing well in a time of drought. There’s noth­ing quite like the pure drop to slake a thirst.

For the ex­plorer, dis­cov­er­ing new mu­sic that speaks di­rectly to you is the Holy Grail. When a new sound en­ters the fray, space opens up, be that room to breathe, dance or roam. The songs of Ar­tur Nunes cover all th­ese an­gles.

His Soul of An­gola col­lec­tion is an oa­sis I’d rec­om­mend you seek out next time you have 40-odd desert days and nights to kill. It’s a mirage made in heaven. There is some­thing so un­hur­ried, ef­fort­less and truth­ful in its makeup. So much mu­sic we hear vies for our at­ten­tion in all sorts of ob­vi­ous and of­ten in­sid­i­ous ways, but Soul of An­gola is de­void of any dis­cern­able pitch, deal or agenda. It’s ut­terly dis­arm­ing and end­lessly com­fort­ing. It’s a record I’m al­ways re­turn­ing to and it never fails to de­liver.

This is an in­ex­haustible re­source of un­fil­tered good­ness. But if you’re look­ing for just one sip to check the taste then go straight to the song Kamba Ba Laumba. There’s a great ten­der­ness to it; it’s a del­i­cate ex­er­cise in the power of re­straint. I love the way it just gen­tly wafts along, sadly beau­ti­ful, emerg­ing from the heat haze like a wel­come cool­ing breeze. There is noth­ing I can com­pare it to; it’s a whole dif­fer­ent balm game. Nunes’s gui­tar play­ing is no­tably spell­bind­ing, but it’s the qual­ity of his voice that res­onates the most. I could lis­ten to him sing for­ever and never re­alise the time.

Stop all the clocks and take a break to check this out. It will glad­den your heart un­til your cup fil­leth over.

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