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releases January 31, 2020
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Pronto su cuerpo estaría silencioso - pronto sería libre
El Trabajo será nuestro final - Her Quantum of Wantum Cannot Vary
Mexico city based, Guatemalan cellist Mabe Fratti Is set to release debut LP, Pies Sobre la Tierra (Feet On The Ground) on new experimental label Unheard of Hope (Peter Zummo, Military Genius). Reconciling Mabe’s steps throughout her musical past, the debut LP features pop and experimentation that reflects her time working amongst the improvisation scene in Mexico City.
Mabe Fratti’s sensibility is the triumph of experimentation over technical dominion of an instrument. The experimentation of sound with feelings, with existence itself, with an open heart, letting herself to be transformed by what she lives and hears. This is what has led Mabe Fratti from Guatemala to Mexico City. From the creation of pop songs to free improvisation, from the academy to noise, from collaborations in ensembles and duos to the profound personal journey that is reflected in her solo works.
That’s why Mabe’s music converts us to sensible sounding boards: through a hypnotic and captivating performance, Mabe sews contemporary elements like shoe gaze and dream pop with ancestral influences that go from Gregorian chants to Sephardi music, transforming them in ingredients of a potent sonic ritual that causes a profound emotional impact.
After collaborating with various artists, Mabe wanted to return to her solo works with the desire to create an album as a whole, not just a collection of tracks. Pies Sobre la Tierra was recorded in Fratti’s room with a Komplete Audio 6 and a MXL 4000 microphone during the first five months of 2019. She used her cello and vocals as protagonists in the instrumentation. Parallel to this, she used synthesizers, field recordings and she outsourced noise with the help of collaborators Concepcion Huerta and Mito del Desierto.
Lyrically, she was inspired mostly but not entirely by Murphy by Samuel Beckett. The reason why the album is called Pies Sobre la Tierra (Feet on the ground) is because Mabe wants to refer to the conciliation of the space that we consider mental with the “physical” and “real”. However, even though there’s a sensation of separation, there’s also a unity to which we’re bound to observe through a lens and operate on it through assumptions and intentions.
releases January 31, 2020
Cello, synthesizers, vocals, production: Mabe Fratti
Noise and vocals in “Entrando al cuarto de la Duda” by Mito del Desierto
Noise in “Dirección” by Concepción Huerta
Mix and master by Mabe Fratti
Album cover by Kevin Frank
Y sin saber aterricé en un jardín
Sin dudar si lo que veo es real
Ir separando lo imaginario para ver
Si encuentro las ruinas de mi piel
Y si buscas en las ruinas yo estaré ahí
Una fuerza que palpita yo estoy aquí
Soy el aire que colapsa con tu piel
Out of notice, I landed in a garden
I don’t doubt if what I see is real
Separating the imaginary to see
If I find the ruins of my skin
And if you seek in the ruins, I’ll be there
A palpitant force, I am here
I am the air that collapses with your skin
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