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Free Music Monday: Ombre "Cara Falsa"

By June 18, 2012

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Ombre is the new collaborative project between Julianna Barwick (whose Magic Place LP topped my albums of 2011 charts) and Roberto Carlos Lange, the mastermind behind Helado Negro and Epstein. They have an album coming out on August 27 on Asthmatic Kitty, called Believe You Me.

"Cara Falsa," the first taste of Believe You Me, gives off those majestic Barwick vibes; a slow motion ambient amble through drifting clouds of vapor-trail delay. But, where Barwick's solo music often works without rhythm, here, there's the hard attack of a repeated beat; its 'crunchy' tone offering contrast with the purity of the singer's heavenly pipes.

Where Barwick's solo jams often finding her wailing wordlessly —her laid-on layers of singing creating a freeform vocal glossolalia— in "Cara Falsa" it definitely seems as if Barwick's saying something. Yet, beneath the gauzy wooze of the song and the eternal echo dousing her voice, the syllables slip towards the indecipherable, remaining at a tantalizing distance through the tune's three sweet minutes.

Ombre, "Cara Falsa"

Photo Jonathan Dueck

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