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Lee Ranaldo & Raül Refree (US/ESP)

Lee Ranaldo (fra Sonic Youth) vender tilbake sammen med Raül Refree og spiller den første konserten her til lands fra konseptplaten «Names of North End Women» (2019).

In a remarkable career that has seen him flourish as a songwriter, a singer, a guitarist, a noisemaker, a poet, a visual artist, a producer, and more, Lee Ranaldo has seen many fellow quixotics – his bandmates in Sonic Youth, composer Alan Licht, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, author Jonathan Lethem, partner Leah Singer, drummer William Hooker – pass through his life, their collaborations changing the path of his work. One such resonant encounter occurred in 2014, as Ranaldo and his band The Dust found themselves adrift for a week in Spain, after a proposed festival in the Moroccan desert fell through at the last minute.

The group relocated to a Barcelona recording studio to cut an album in the “unplugged” set-up they’d latterly been performing in, yielding the 2014 album Acoustic Dust. The producer for the session was Raül Refree, whose restless career had taken him from hard-core bands in his youth, to the vanguard of a new movement redefining flamenco. One of the most renowned producers in southern Europe, his duos with Rosalía, Richard Youngs, Lina, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, as well as his collaborations with a wide range of International artists (Cheikh Lô, Mala Rodríguez, C Tangana, Josh Rouse, Rocío Márquez) and his award winning work composing soundtracks (most notably with Isaki Lacuesta) exhibit the scope of his approach. Ranaldo sensed an instant kinship with Refree, and friendship blossomed, alongside plans to work together again in the future.

The first fruits of that collaboration, 2017’s Electric Trim (Mute, 2017), and soon after … [read more]:

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