Thursday, 5 May 2016

Epic Church - Música do Império (2016) - Track by Track



Discography Epic Church

Música do Império is the new EP (or project album) of Epic Church, it's the newest release after Highborn Spirit, the album of 2015. The songs are still in the same typical Epic Church style (a mix of gothic, electronic and medieval) but this time all of them are only of Brazilian and Portuguese origin. CYBER10 makes the album digitally available on the links presented below. 

Música do Império é o novo EP (ou projeto) de Epic Church, é o mais novo lançamento depois de Highborn Spirit, o CD de 2015. As músicas são no estilo típico de Epic Church (uma mistura de gótico, eletrônico e medieval) mas desta vez todas elas são apenas de origem Brasileira e Portuguesa. CYBER10 disponibiliza o lançamento nos links abaixo.

9 tracks in playlist, average track length: 2:20
Playlist length: 21 minutes 1 second

Playlist files:
1. Epic Church - O Guarany (intro - Carlos Gomes) (1:00)
2. Epic Church - Hino do Império do Brasil (Dom Pedro I) (3:51)
3. Epic Church - Domine Jesu (José Maurício Nunes Garcia) (1:56)
4. Epic Church - Lua Branca (Chiquinha Gonzaga) (1:46)
5. Epic Church - O Baile Na Flor (Alberto Nepomuceno) (3:00)
6. Epic Church - Gloria In Excelsis Deo (Marcos Antonio Portugal) (2:34)
7. Epic Church - Lua Branca (instrumental) (1:43)
8. Epic Church - O Baile Na Flor (instrumental) (3:00)
9. Epic Church - Hino do Império do Brasil (instrumental) (2:11)


Artist: Epic Church

Links: Facebook - Bandcamp - Spotify - Buy the physical CD: Paypal or Card

Album Name: Música do Império

Date of Release: May 5, 2016


Genre: Electronic / Classical / Folk

Label: CYBER10

Language:Portuguese

Influences: Brazilian and Portuguese Classical music, Gigi D'Agostino, World Music, Synthesizer Music 

Cover Art: Designed by Emerson Olaf


Other details: Because of the style and focus of the project, Emerson Olaf is not singing in any song in this album, all voices are samples and some tracks are instrumental. 
Por razão do estilo e do foco do projeto, Emerson Olaf não canta em nenhuma música neste EP, todas as vozes são samples e algumas faixas são instrumentais.

Artist Comments: "Before anything else, I want to say that I'm glad to release this EP exactly 6 years after the release of my first album, named Epic Church, released on May, 5, 2010. Música do Império is a very different release. I had the thoughts for this project quite a time in my mind and finally I could work on it. The main idea for this project was to select interesting song from the time Brazil was an Empire and make versions for them in an Epic Church style. I must add that I expect some reluctance of some fans and followers, the ones who love the Futurepop and Synthpop style of Epic Church. I say that because I know that the result of Música do Império is something very unusual, even having a song which is originally a Choro (Brazilian folk music) but I hope people can enjoy the songs. This release is not an official music album, first because it's above all a History Project and second because the songs are short, what makes me consider the release an EP"
"Antes de mais nada, quero dizer que estou contente de lançar este EP no mesmo dia em que exatamente a 6 anos foi lançado o primeiro CD de Epic Church. Música do Império é um lançamento diferente. Eu tive esta idéa a um tempo atrás e finalmente pude trabalhar nela. A direção principal deste projeto é de selecionar músicas da época do Império do Brasil e fazer versões no estilo de Epic Church. Eu tenho que dizer que espero certa resistência dos fãs que preferem mais o estilo Futurepop e Synthpop. Falo isso porque uso melodias e estilo musicais típicos do Brasil, mas espero que mesmo assim todos possam gostar das músicas. Este lançamento não é um CD oficial, por duas razões: Primeiro porque eu considero este um projeto histórico e segundo porque as músicas são curtas, o que está mais próximo de ser um EP."

Track 01: O Guarany

Composer: Antônio Carlos Gomes
Style: Classical / Electronic
About: Carlos Gomes was one of the most famous Brazilian composers during the Empire, being recognised by names such as Verdi and Rossini. This theme Il Guarany (O Guarani) became again famous many years later being the introduction song for the radio broadcasting named A Voz do Brasil, during the times of the dictator Getúlio Vargas.
Lyrics: Instrumental



Track 02: Hino do Império do Brasil

Composer: Melody by Dom Pedro I and lyrics by Evaristo da Veiga
Style: Classical / Epic / Electronic
About: When Brazil became independent of Portugal, forming a new Empire, this song was adopted as national anthem.
Lyrics: Lyrics here




Track 03: Domine Jesu
Composer: José Maurício Nunes Garcia
Style: Classical / Gothic / Electronic
About: J.M.N. Garcia was a priest, an excellent composer and a Brazilian representative of the Classicism. I selected the song Domine Jesu because of it's atmosphere, power and Christian message. The song has short lyrics, but this version is instrumental.
Lyrics: Instrumental


Track 04: Lua Branca

Composer: Chiquinha Gonzaga
Style: Classical / Choro / Electronic
About: Choosing this song was a very bold move, since I would have to make it in Epic Church style. Chiquinha Gonzaga was a composer who helped to popularize the Choro in Brazil. Choro and its artists started to be part of the soundtrack for Carnival parties, which I particularly don't appreciate in any way, but despite being a choro, Lua Branca is a romantic ballad, what made me choose it, despite the challenge.
Lyrics: 
Oh! Lua branca de fulgores e de encanto, se é verdade que ao amor tu dás abrigo
Vem tirar dos olhos meus o pranto. Ai, vem matar esta paixão que anda comigo
Ai, por quem és, desce do céu… Oh! Lua branca,
Essa amargura do meu peito… Oh! Vem, arranca
Dá-me o luar da tua compaixão. Oh! Vem, por Deus, iluminar meu coração.
E quantas vezes lá no céu me aparecias a brilhar em noite calma e constelada
A sua luz, então, me surpreendia, ajoelhado junto aos pés da minha amada
E ela a chorar, a soluçar, cheia de pejo, vinha em seus lábios me ofertar um doce beijo.
Ela partiu, me abandonou assim… Oh! Lua Branca, por quem és, tem dó de mim.



Track 05: O Baile Na Flor
Composer: Melody by Alberto Nepomuceno and lyrics by Castro Alves
Style: Classical / Electronic
About: O Baile na Flor is an enchanting song. When you listen to it it's possible to analyse its sequence and progress and see that the composer plays with the harmony of the voices, creating the impression of a dance. It was very fun to make a version for this composition.
Lyrics: 
Que belas as margens do rio possante,
Que ao largo espumante campêa sem par!
Ali das bromélias nas flores douradas há silfos e fadas, que fazem seu lar... 
E, em lindos cardumes, subtis vagalumes, acendem os lumes P'ra o baile na flor.
E então nas arcadas das petálas doiradas, Os grilos em festa começam na orquesta
Febris a tocar.
E as breves falenas vão leves, serenas,
Em bando, girando, valsando, voando, no ar!



Track 06: Gloria In Excelsis Deo

Composer: Marcos António Portugal
Style: Classical / Electronic
About: Marcos Portugal was a famous Portuguese composer who came to Brazil and in Rio de Janeiro was part of the most noble class of musicians of the court. Gloria in Excelsis Deo is one of his religious compositions, part of Missa Breve.
Lyrics: Instrumental




Track 07: Lua Branca (instrumental)
About: An instrumental and more gothic version for track 04



Track 08: O Baile Na Flor (instrumental)
About: An instrumental version for track 05


Track 09: Hino do Império do Brasil (instrumental)
About: An instrumental version for track 02

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