Rui Bonito: Low Key
[...] a felony - it is a capital crime, for which sentence may be executed
at any moment after the commission of the offense. [...]
Ultra-Limited edition of 50 CDs
in hand-made & numbered paper gatefolds designed by patkiout.co
-including bonus track
+/or Digital Album in any format
with 24-bit resolution in lossless formats
Improvised, composed, recorded, mixed & mastered by Rui Bonito
at Sonoplastik Studios in Porto, Portugal
using a prepared electric guitar, a nylon string guitar with cymbal and cymbal fragments, a flute, his voice, a piano, an analog synthesizer, a digital sampler, a valve guitar amplifier, a fuzz pedal, a tape delay and other reel tape effects, a reel tape recorder, a tape multitrack, dynamic and condenser microphones.
*alto saxophone on #8 by Jesus Anjos.
photography by Rui Bonito,
artwork design by moody alien,
packaging design by Pat Kiout Productions.
released November 25, 2016. ℗ & © Thirsty Leaves Music
"[...] Hmmmm. Space-rock? Ghost-like vocals floating on top, warped flute in dark clouds, most disorienting. There is a thick coat of eerie echoes drowning or droning with some weird guitar pluckings. Baritone saxes or distant viking voiced spirits..? A great of attention was given to the way things are manipulated here, things are not what they seem at first. Mr. Bonito takes some acoustic guitar & flute fragments and turns them inside out, stretching them until they sound tribal or ritualistic while also evoking a space flight on a piece called “Northern”. “In the Woods” glows with a deep chorus of male vocals in the distance, slowed down strings.., heavy reverberations… glissando guitar… sublime minimal piano… similar to the way that Daevid Allen used to evoke the spirit of a space flight with shimmering guitars and spacey sounds. Music from another dimension."
Bruce Lee Gallanter for Downtown Music Gallery
"[...] I’d love to see the proud and pretty be made to listen to what Rui Bonito has composed, I imagine it would be similar to salting a slug. Compromise is not what ‘Low Key’ is about, this is a record designed to remove you from everything and set you on a path which leads into one mysterious tableau after the next. [...]
There’s a range of instrumentation employed which is clearly meant to cloud perceptions. What is he trying to summon with this work because there can be no doubt that this music is firmly entwined in some sort of ritual. With titles like “In The Woods”, “Passages” and “Owl” the terrain has been established but what of the outcome. I’ve woken up a few times in life not knowing where the I am but I never thought someone could manage to capture what that feeling sounded like. Until now. [...]"
Peter Marks for Santa Sangre