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Rina Mushonga — In a Galaxy (Feb. 15, 2019)               Rina Mushonga — In a Galaxy (Feb. 15, 2019) Pamela MÃÃéndez Ãâ Time (22 Feb 2019)•♣•     Určitě stojí za to počkat ... Čtyři roky experimentálního řemeslné dovednosti na tomto albu „In A Galaxy“ ztělesňují každý centimetr titulu, protože každá kompozice vás posouvá mezihvězdnou poutí. Je to vesmírná směsice syntetických balad, vytvářejících nostalgický třpyt 80 let. „Pipe Dreams“ ..., mhm, tedy jakési bzučení pomocí elektřiny otevírá rekordní dávku serotoninu s přidaným dotekem povznášejících zvonkohry a oduševnělého tónu. Tento spěch hravého klidu je dále doplněn vokály Mushongy. Stylově je to rytmický ska beat se specifikami futuristického popu a harmonických vokálů. Ačkoliv se zpěvačka vkusně houpá v akustice reggae, inzeruje své autentické pozadí, když do každé skladby vytváří koktejl různých hudebních kultur a technik. Házení divadelních vokálů do prostředí tanečního rytmu ve „For A Fool“ je rytmicky podobné pikantnímu albu „Hey Coach“, střihu stylizovanému v androgynních vokálech a plné zvukových efektů. Velmi kreativní album, vždyť uznej: Rina Mushonga skvěle míchá folky, elektro~pop a dekadenci Roxy Music.
Location: London, UK
Album release: Feb. 15, 2019
Record Label: PIAS Recordings
Duration:     43:42
01. Pipe Dreamz   4:02
02. Good Vacation   4:27
03. For a Fool   3:30
04. In a Galaxy   3:35
05. Narcisc0   3:34
06. Tropix   3:20
07. Glory_   3:54
08. 4qrtrs   3:20
09. Atalanta   3:41
10. Hey Coach   3:41
11. i miss u so much   3:21
12. Jungles   3:17
by Madison Bloom, FEBRUARY 15 2019; Score: 8.0
•♣•    On her second album, the Dutch~Zimbabwean musician feeds off the energy of a move from Amsterdam to Peckham, England, turning the minutiae of daily life into bold, 1980s~inspired synth pop.
•♣•    Less isn’t always more. In 2014, the Dutch~Zimbabwean artist Rina Mushonga released The Wild, the Wilderness, a pleasant but mild debut record that didn’t look much further than the coffeehouse for inspiration. But a recent move from Amsterdam to Peckham, a culturally diverse community in London’s South End, has unlatched something grand in Mushonga. Her sophomore album, In a Galaxy, is expansive, integrating sounds gathered from her native country and her newfound home in the UK. Thinking big suits Mushonga, and over the course of this 12~track LP, she dramatizes the banal trappings of daily life with her fortifying melodies, making a case for maximalist, ecstatic pop as a balm for it all.
•♣•    In a Galaxy is richly embroidered: Warm horns, plucked guitars, and sparkling arpeggios are threaded through the album like jewels adorning an imperial robe. But these luxe soundscapes aren’t excessively opulent — one of In a Galaxy’s virtues is that the colossal scope of its arrangements is tempered by the intimate subject matter. Were Mushonga to chase topics as giant as her melodies, her songs might sag under all the weight. Instead, the telescopic range of the instrumentation is countered by her microscopic observations of daily life, making her music both poignant and tangible. As James Joyce put it, “In the particular is contained the universal.”
•♣•    Mushonga best achieves the balance between vast sounds and common problems on the oozing slow jam “Good Vacation.” Here she depicts a crumbling relationship with concise language. “Let’s go back there,” Mushonga pleads, her voice simultaneously robust and fragile; “We’ve been to Mazan but we could go again.” Synthesizer slinks around the verses like an eel stalking tropical waters. With a few well~placed words, Mushonga sketches out a couple that forfeits the pleasures of daily life for the promise of a holiday. “We don’t sleep at the right time/We don’t drink and dance at the right time,” Mushonga laments. “’Cause we hold out for a good vacation.” Her words, detailing a romance that has become as routine as the 9–5 grind, land like a punch in the gut.
•♣•    While Mushonga found inspiration for the album in the street noise of Peckham — traffic, kids returning from school, snatches of conversation — it’s fair to say that her eclectic new sound is due in part to producer Brett Shaw, who’s worked with pop titans like Florence and the Machine and Lady Gaga. But Shaw’s gilded touch doesn’t outshine Mushonga’s personality or press her into a Top 40 mold. In fact, her music borrows more from the 1980s — particularly Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush, and Phil Collins — than from contemporary music. Songs like “For a Fool” and “AtalantA” are particularly rooted in that era; the former unfolds like the train scene in Risky Business, complete with smears of saxophone and syncopated keys. “AtalantA” has the makings of an arena anthem, creeping in with rubbery bass before bursting into a battle cry buoyed by shrill organ and layers of thunderous percussion.
•♣•    The title track is a testament to the album’s diversity and overall disregard for the confines of genre. Mushonga glides effortlessly between synth pop and dubstep, interlacing flute samples and vocoder flourishes without gilding the lily. Here, the intricate details embellishing her music do more to enrich the whole than draw attention to themselves, just as individual stars complete a constellation. A similar effect arises from the very short list of players credited on In a Galaxy (Mushonga, Shaw, and few others). Despite its minimal lineup, the record feels like it was forged by a community of collaborators, each contribution representative of a much larger whole. But it could just be that the staggering reach of Mushonga’s music summons multitudes.  •♣• https://pitchfork.com/ 
Words: Laviea Thomas; Score: 8/10
•♣• https://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/rina-mushonga-in-a-galaxy 
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