I’m going to try and focus on Gizeh Records releases for a while because there’s so much treasure waiting to be listened to. At the request of one Sly reader, I decided to look in to Let Your Hands Be My Guide by the talented Chantal Acda. I sent an email in to Gizeh and a representative by the name of Rich gave me the good news I needed to read today: this is limited, even though it doesn’t say so on the site. The two tracks that are available for preview “Jason and “Arms Up High” blend elements of post-rock, folk and ambient to create a soothing debut from the artist in a solo fashion. Acda brought Peter Broderick, Nils Frahm, Gyda Valtysdottir (of múm) and Shahzad Ismaily on to help with this record. Gizeh is also having a winter sale so feel free to look around on the site for some other cool releases. Check out “Jason” and “Arms Up High” below and see what you think of them. Cheers!


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The Details

180g heavyweight LP comes in a beautiful matte finished sleeve with black inner paper sleeve stamped with the Gizeh logo. CD is housed in a 6 panel matte finished digifile sleeve. Download available as MP3 or Lossless.

Currently based in Belgium, Dutch-born Chantal Acda (b. 1978) has worked under the Sleepingdog moniker since 2006, making three acclaimed albums that closed on the ‘With Our Heads in the Clouds and Our Hearts in the Fields’ (2010) album for which she collaborated with Adam Wiltzie (Stars of the Lid, A Winged Victory For The Sullen). They toured the UK and Benelux with Low in 2011.
 After all this, it was time for her first real solo record. Playing in various formations had made her conscious of the patterns that we all, as humans, share in. So, she sought out kindred spirits with whom she might record an album filled with freedom and intensity, and who were conscious of the patterns we so often fall back on.

Nils Frahm was the first of these to cross her path. The inventive German pianist and producer is an intense and adventurous performer and was a perfect match for this project.
 Acda also experienced a direct bond with Peter Broderick, a multi-instrumentalist known from his solo work (on labels such as Bella Union and Erased Tapes) and from his work with, among others, Efterklang. 
Cellist extraordinaire Gyda Valtysdottir from Icelandic group Múm had previously worked with Chantal as a member of the Sleepingdog live band. And lastly, Shahzad Ismaily stumbled into this picture by chance, but when Acda and he found themselves in the same room they formed an instant rapport.

The circle completed, Acda had found the 4 worlds that would enable her to record the album in full freedom. Power revealed through vulnerability.
 Nils Frahm, who plays throughout the record, also took on the role of producer.
 What began as a journey ended as this wonderful record - one wherein the five musicians were able to find their place and, together, and with great warmth, tell their nine-song story. ‘Let your hands be my guide’.

Thanks to brillwill for the tip!

Price $19.71

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