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Natalia Mateo – De Profundis (2017 24/96 FLAC)

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Natalia Mateo - De Profundis (2017 24/96 FLAC)

Natalia Mateo – De Profundis (2017 24/96 FLAC)

Artist: Natalia Mateo
Album: De Profundis
Release/Reissue: 2017
Genre: Vocal Jazz

01. Bandoska
02. Eternity
03. Elegja Pielgrzyma
04. I Will Always Love You
05. Rosemary’s Baby
06. Unsound
07. Prayer
08. Eksplozja Paranoja
09. Dziwny Jest Ten Świat
10. François Villon-Modlitwa
11. To Die of Gravity

The title of Natalia Mateo’s album, “De Profundis” – meaning ‘out of the depths’ in Latin – sets the tone: the inspirational well-springs for her music are both personal and profound.
Subtle, knowing songs leave the listener in no doubt of a determination to mark out musical paths that are Mateo’s, and hers alone. Thoughtful, original compositions and highly personal adaptations of songs reflect her story set against a backdrop of East and West, a life punctuated by changes of surroundings, by departures which lead to fresh beginnings.
The music of “De Profundis” has a three-fold inspiration: Poland, her country of birth, with its natural closeness to the Slavic traditions has left its mark, as have the international influences of her elective home city of Berlin; finally, Mateo is particularly drawn towards unconventional artists from music, literature and fine art, free spirits such as Joni Mitchell, Maya Angelou and Louise Bourgeois. What she values most about them is the way they have made their mark through a vehement yet unruffled mode of expression, their depth and sustained creativity.
There is courage and consistency in the way Mateo follows her intuition as singer, composer and bandleader, and finds her own expressive strength. She combines facets of jazz, Polish folk music and the singer-songwriter tradition. With her affecting intensity all of these are combined in a mesmerizing kaleidoscope. In “De Profundis” Mateo and her band show the experience accrued through the past few years of extended touring. The singer herself captivates not just through intensity but also through restraint. At times the sparseness of sound and structure can be intense, while judiciously chosen instrumentation creates a very distinctive sound. Quiet, emotionally charged passages contrast with sudden bursts of fierce energy. Born in 1983, Mateo now has all the experience, craft and judgement one could ask for – as well as the self-awareness to know that she will occasionally divide opinion. ….