Mystic-Americana, Latin Avantgarde, Desertpop
Ines Brodbeck Vocal, Guitar, Mandolin, Composition/ Gabriel Sullivan Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Producer/ Ryan Alfred, Bass,Synth/ Winston Watson , Drums.
Label: Czar of Crickets
«Music like a roadmovie, poetic and beautiful, epic and mystic like a Wim Wenders and earthy and uncompromising like a Morricone. A true delight for our ears and worn out souls – «NOW»!
A deep-sounding, swirling guitar starts to play, drums and bass are setting a smooth rhythmic basis and one can literally feel the hot sun burning the skin and the air vibrating above the desert. The bright sound of a mandoline joins in and a woman’s voice is singing «Verano …». And suddenly you’re right there. Right in the middle of the Arizona desert, where the sheer power of the Swiss mountains meets endless wide landscapes of hot earth, here INEZ aka Ines Brodbeck found the sound for her first solo-album. For many years now the professional percussionist, singer and guitarist is working and touring the Swiss music scene. For her debut, which was written, recorded and produced by Gabriel Sullivan (XIXA, Giant Sand) in Tucson Arizona, the multi-instrumentalist sincerely did „go the extra mile“. The results of what she found on her journey are impressive and beautiful to the ears. The album’s title «NOW» fits perfectly, as in the course of the ten songs it describes precisely this special moment. The first song in the album, at the same time the résumé, will make you take-off and arrive at the essence of becoming one with your own creativity. INEZ introduces a cineastic, melancholic and psycheledic americana folk with latin vibes that is very much in the present and absolutely timeless at the same time: «NOW»!
For many years now Ines Brodbeck aka INEZ has been touring Swiss music clubs and theaters as a professional percussionist, singer and guitarist, working as a solo artist, with her own band projects, or as a side artist. Whether it’s world-jazz with «For my friends», folky jazz with «Inez Project» or Balkan-Cumbia with «Jaro Milko & The Cubalcanics»: cuban blood runs in the veins of this powerhouse of a woman! The world’s sounds ring in her ears and she won’t let any stylistic boarders shorten her sights. INEZ is eager to explore all kinds of stylistic worlds and her songs somehow naturally sound like the soundtrack to an imaginary movie.
Also the „making of“ of INEZ’s debut «NOW» sounds just like a movie’s storyboard with her supporting XIXA and meeting Gabriel Sullivan in spring 2017 as a turning point. In retrospective their encounter is definitely the ultimate meeting of two souls alike and the beginning of a beautiful creative liaison.
In November 2017, after a short but promising jam (described in the song «In a minute») INEZ travelled to Arizona to record her first solo-album with Gabriel Sullivan, owner of the «Dust&Stone Recording Studio». The XIXA-guitarist and singer complements INEZ in her creative work just perfectly: She’s passionate about writing songs – he’s able to arrange and refine them with a sense of deeper understanding. Within short time ten songs emerged that render audible her cuban & his mexican roots as well as the power of the Swiss mountains and
the endless vastnesses of the desert. Ryan Alfred (Calexico) on bass and Winston Watson (Bob Dylan, XIXA) on drums beautifully complement the elaborately arranged tracks of the two multi-instrumentalists with an earthy-elegant sound, and Connor Gallaher (one of the most important protagonists of Tucson’s music scene) alongside producer and musician Craig Schumacher (Calexico, Devotcha, Neko Case, Giant Sand) add pedalsteel and harp-delights. For the first time INEZ is recording acoustic guitars, mandolin and violin herself and has reached another level with her vocals as well: Her voice sounds velvety and dreamy while simultaneously bringing powerful precision into the performance. All the while her voice floats translucently in the overall music and unites with the deep, raspy voice of Sullivan („Prophet“).
Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan come to mind, Calexico of course and Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi’s great album «Rome» with Jack White and Norah Jones, Neko Case and … The Doors. Chills run down your spine, wenn you let yourself go to the melancholic lightness of «Verano» or go west «Guajiro Negro» with the mystic latino «Guajiro Negro». In «Hoy» and «Nothing to do with you» INEZ invites us to follow her to her world of fantasy with cumbia at its best, easy grooving with a touch of sadness, while Connor Gallaher (Calexico) adds his beautiful solos. «Man from far», a laid-back and sexy ballade, sends us to the desert of desire and with «Rising Sun» the desert spreads in its full magnitude.
Mystic-americana? Folky-desertpop? Latin-avantgarde? INEZ presents beautiful music of cinematic virtue that casts it’s spell over you at once.
With Gabriel Sullivan she’s written her own personal roadmovie, poetic and beautiful, mystic and stunning and uncompromisingly earthy at once.
Great delight for our ears and rushed souls – «NOW»!
[Steffi Klär, promoter and artist, Basel]