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A Thousand Skies
Artist
Clap! Clap!
ReleaseProduct
A Thousand Skies
Label
Black Acre
Catalogue Number
ACRELP009
Release Date
February 2017
15 Tracks
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Italy’s Clap! Clap!, aka Cristiano Crisci, returns with an ambitious second album for Black Acre, following up on his 2014 debut, ‘Tayi Bebba’. With ‘A Thousand Skies’, Clap! Clap! ventures deeper into the bold territory staked out by the debut, investigating and handling the melodies, textures, colours, and rhythms of Africa with further confidence, rigour, and daring.

For Crisci, Clap! Clap! is something of a research project, or rather, an explorative sampling project that uncovers and draws upon a profusion of source material recorded from the African continent. Throughout this album, recordings of traditional music, bands, singers, tribal ceremonies, nature, and urban soundscapes are all intricately woven into a vibrant, rich, pulsating, and invigorating musical tapestry, fused together with drum machines and synths. Evocatively titled tracks like ‘Nguwe’, ‘Ar-Raqis’, and ‘Betelgeuse’s Endless Bamboo Oceans’ encapsulate the delicate aesthetic balancing act that underpins Crisci’s work, bringing together and bridging a disparate range of influences and cultural referents to engender a unique, exciting, and multi-faceted listening experience.

  1. 1 Discessus 1:31 Clap! Clap! Buy
  2. 2 Nguwe 3:24 Clap! Clap! feat. Bongeziwe Mabandla Buy
  3. 3 Oriens. Oriri 2:20 Clap! Clap! Buy
  4. 4 Hope 4:10 Clap! Clap! feat. OY Buy
  5. 5 Ar-Raqis 2:40 Clap! Clap! Buy
  6. 6 A Thousand Skies Under Cepheus' Erudite Eyes 2:46 Clap! Clap! feat. John Wizards Buy
  7. 7 Ode to the Pleiades 6:01 Clap! Clap! Buy
  8. 8 Betelgeuse's Endless Bamboo Oceans 2:28 Clap! Clap! Buy
  9. 9 Witch Interlude 1:47 Clap! Clap! Buy
  10. 10 Rainy Souls, Gloomy Futures 2:33 Clap! Clap! Buy
  11. 11 Flowing Like a Snake in Ophiuchus' Arms 2:12 Clap! Clap! Buy
  12. 12 Centripetal 2:23 Clap! Clap! Buy
  13. 13 Rainbow Coast 2:40 Clap! Clap! Buy
  14. 14 Elephant Serenade 2:26 Clap! Clap! Buy
  15. 15 Ascension Psalm 2:51 Clap! Clap! feat. HDADD Buy

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