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Federico Aubele + Natalia Clavier = 5

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"I like working like a painter, by myself, in my atelier. Or like a writer. Technology now a days allows you to be the producer, writer and engineer" says Aubele "It's an intimate process for me, and I need to respect that intimacy. I can't work If I have people around, talking. For a lot of people, making music is a social experience, and that's fine, but it doesn't work like that for me. The social part for me comes afterwards, when I'm on stage performing with my band, in front of a crowd".

Damn. Man is an artist! And it's entirely evident on Argentine singer-songwriter Federico Aubele's fifth studio album 5 that the layers mesh. Aubele's music has always had this feel to it, like it was sort of always emerging from a smoky haze. Lush yet restrained, his mellow voice lurking in the center, a neither or either sort of pervasiveness of perfect otherworldliness. Like a stranger cousin of Portishead, this music is trip hop 2013 with an even more sophistocated international edge. 5 is set for release on October 22nd on 13 Records Ingroove / Fontana and I recommend it for late nights and astral travels.

As always (it seems) we have an Aubele album without a clear single. Don't get me wrong, this is good; but the journey is outward in and once you're seven songs in, you're all the way in, trapped in this beautiful dream. The one I went with at 10am was a Natalia Clavier collaboration called "Carrousel Sin Fin," let it spin...