Our sister label Olindo Records has recently announced the 7th full length release in its expanding catalogue by Venezuelan singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Sasson. Today we’re partnering with the label to reveal the 2nd track from the LP, titled ‘Chuma’.
The song was written following the composer’s personal experience at Epacio Galipan in Venezuela, a centre for healing and openness. It’s a hymn to overcoming difficult life situations with full confidence. Musically, the song is inspired in Latin American folk music in particular from the Andes, as well as music from traditional healing rituals. It features Tomasito Garcia on Flute and Sax, Benet Serra on Bass, Maria Andreina Montañez on string arrangements and Isaac Sasson on all other instruments.
The intimately titled, ‘Canciones de Isaac’, summons the sounds of the wind, birds, crickets, fallen leaves and the atmosphere of both Caracas by night, and daytime walks through the meadows of the Pyrenees, to create a parallel universe between his home country of Venezuela, and his current place of residence in Barcelona, Spain.>
Throughout the LP, Isaac’s gentle voice is accompanied by the traditional bandola llanera, charango and cuatro; various percussion and wind instruments; and carefully arranged strings. The 13 songs on the album develop a narrative built around personal stories that touch upon human emotions, family ties and friendships, to craft a collection of sonic postcards that evoke memories, places, travels and moments spent with loved ones during the musician’s journey between two continents.
Recorded between Caracas and Barcelona the results carry hues of the Venezuelan Caribbean, with hints of the Mediterranean. Mastered and cut by Frank Merritt at The Carvery, the music is beautifully complemented by illustrations from Andreína Vallés, with additional design by Brunella Giannangeli.