The Total Space

A 12 track alternative album (45m 56s) — released March 3rd 2023 on Gare du Nord Records

The Total Space sees Boa Morte edge deeper into the woods of ambient, drone and synthesised sound with little to guide them but their innate melodic compass and instinct for unorthodox song.

Deeper, but not too deep. Daniel Presley, the perma-nomadic Texan producer, flew in to safeguard the Boa Morte fundamentals: emotive yet unsentimental vocals; a disquieting ease with space and silence; percussive interventions on drum-shell, tom-rim and cymbal-cup; an abhorrence of rhythm guitar; harmonies that add rather than dilute personality, and a bloody-minded patience when it comes to pacing.

The results: a collection of the best Boa Morte songs to date; songs that gently envelop drones, melodic interludes and found-sounds, often within the same track.

Also, the band worked closely with composer Justin Grounds to include elements of modern composition. Repetition, a minimalist mindset, structural fluidity and a keener appreciation of sound for its own sake - these, the band discovered, are features that the Boa Morte style absorbs naturally.

From their early beginnings on a small record label run by Teenage Fanclub's Francis MacDonald, Boa Morte have found their voice on an album that might be a cosmic distress-signal, or a remote aural beacon or might, just might encapsulate The Total Space.

“Occasionally a record comes along that's so intimate and immediate you want to disconnect the phone, get under the duvet and forget the outside world. - Uncut Previous album review

“There’s an off-kilter approach to music-making here, with woozy arrangements exposing the true beauty of their chosen instrumentation. Glorious, earthy and touching music, sometimes with shades of James Yorkston or Gruff Rhys” - Norman Records Previous album review

“The tunes flow into each other creating the sense of a suite, as if Brian Eno’s Apollo, Atmospheres and Soundtracks had been recorded instead by Robert Wyatt and James Yorkston - RnR Magazine Previous album review

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