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Jess Ribeiro Announces New Album “Summer of Love” due April 12th via Labelman & Shares New Single & Video “Everything Is Now” – Plus European Tour Dates

February 9, 2024
Photo credit: Nick Mckk

JESS RIBEIRO

Announces new album ‘Summer of Love’ due April 12th via Labelman 
Shares new single/video “Everything Is Now”

Announces European tour dates

Naarm/Melbourne-based folk chameleon Jess Ribeiro unveils details of her forthcoming album ‘Summer of Love‘, which is due out April 12th via Labelman. Now Ribeiro is sharing the second single from the record, “Everything Is Now” alongside a one-shot take video starring acclaimed contemporary and shamanistic dancer Tony Yap. Jess Ribeiro has also announced a European tour throughout April and May this year with UK shows in Brighton, Manchester, Bristol & London.

“Everything is Now” is about the primal yearning for the magic of nature, a coming back into the present after the burn out of overwork and modern city life. It’s escaping the city, letting go of the daily chatter and returning to the self. The song opens with an analogue tape loop replicating the sound of a train trailing along the tracks and Jess’s repetitious parlour guitar strum before the unflappable opening line “the river is calling me away upstream like some kind of game.” Inviting the listener into a low key dance floor number, full of jagged instrumentation.

The song was recorded in the small coastal town of Point Lonsdale during Melbournes infamous lockdown period by producer Nick Huggins.

The video for “Everything Is Now” was inspired by Jess Ribeiro’s childhood spent in country town Chinese restaurants where her father was a chef, and features her alongside Naarm/Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist, company director and shamanistic dancer Tony Yap. In the one-shot take filmed by Nick Mckk, they fill the space of the dining hall through improvised movement, both mirroring and feeding off one another, reflective of Yap’s practice, which is informed by psychophysical research, Asian shamanistic trance dance, butoh and ‘psycho-vocal’ experimentations. 

The rolling rhythms of this track enthral you, they stick to this pace and somehow the tonality seems to grow more complex, more embedded in the foundations of this composition. Jess Ribeiro joins the atmosphere with delicate vocal harmonies and elevates this release to another level. The compelling notes from Jess will hook you and the combination of the drum shuffles and cymbal hits, combined with that dexterity of the tone pushing through, the notes picked and the sax infusion, every element enhances this immersive soundscape. In a soundscape where Ribeiro‘s distinct and fragile harmonies simply soar, the layered textures seek this emotive placement, and the affection that plays from the lyrics ultimately connects to the audience. Towards the final few notes, the intensity heightens and the attributes deliver more of this dynamic force. This is a release that will stay with you, so embrace it.

Across the ten tracks on Jess Ribeiro’s incoming new album Summer of Love she traverses isolation, loss, tiny snatches of love, expectation versus reality, once-in-a-century pandemics and healing. It was written and recorded during a particularly unstable time, with Ribeiro living in nine different houses across a two year period, including six months in a church outside of the city, “That instability affected my mental health,” she says. It also created the spark for her fourth album, on which she transfixes audiences as she digs deep into the present, past, and wanted future.

The first demos for Summer of Love were put down at a solar-powered shack by Jess with her friend and musical collaborator Dave Mudie (Courtney Barnett, Super American Eagle), an experience that wasn’t without excitement: “We used all the solar power trying to record. It ended with us around a fire for the rest of the night, terrified that the boars were going to get us.” 

From there, she recorded the album with Nick Huggins on Wautharong Country in Point Lonsdale, with special guests Jim White (Dirty Three, Xylouris White,) on drums, Darcy McNulty on saxophone, folk-diviner Leah Senior on keys, James Seymour on bass, Davie Mudie taking percussion duties, Carrie Webster’s violin and viola, and Huggins himself chipping in on bass, tape and drum loops, synth, guitars and piano. The way in which the album came together with her collaborators – separately, but towards the same north star – is where the beauty in the work is experienced. “It was improvised and experimental, musicians could only visit on eat a time due to the restrictions, half of the musicians never even came to the studio”.

Pre-order album here: https://labelman.bigcartel.com/

See Jess Ribeiro live:
13/04/24 : Kantine Am Berghain – Berlin (DE) +
14/04/24 : Bandhaus – Erfurt (DE) +
15/04/24 : Milla – Munich (DE) +
16/04/24 : Cafe V Lese – Prague (CZ) +
17/04/24 : Flex Café – Vienna (AT) +
18/04/24 : Nova Cvernovka – Bratislava (SK) +
19/04/24 : Akvarium – Budapest (HU) +
20/04/24 : Mochvara – Zagreb (CRO) +
21/04/24 : MKNZ – Ilirska Bistrica (SL) +
23/04/24 : Rockhaus – Salzburg (AT) +
25/04/24 : Fri-Son – Fribourg (CH) +
26/04/24 :Sonic – Lyon (FR) +
27/04/24 : Sala Sidecar – Barcelona (ES) +
28/04/24 : Sala Clamores – Madrid (ES) +
29/04/24 : Sala Dabadaba – Donosti (ES) +
30/04/24 : Le Pingouin Alternatif – Arthez-de-Béarn (FR) +
01/05/24 : Joker’s Pub – Angers (FR) +
02/05/24 : Point Ephémère – Paris (FR) +
03/05/24 : Trix – Antwerpen (BE) +
05/05/24 :Chalk – Brighton (UK) *
06/05/24 : Band on the Wall – Manchester (UK) *
07/05/24 :Strange Brew – Bristol (UK) *
08/05/24 : Islington Assembly Hall – London (UK)  *
+ with Widowspeak
* – with Still Corners

Summer of Love tracklist:
1. Maybe If I Wore Sunglasses Inside I Won’t Feel Tired
2. Everything Is Now
3. The Trees & Me
4. Paradise
5. Jump The Gun
6. Airborne
7. Helicopter
8. Summer of Love
9. Wake In Fright
10. Howl

https://jessribeiro.bandcamp.com/

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