Tiago Sousa – The Western Lands
The Western Lands, the western bank of the Nile: The frontier to a vast and inhospitable desert, today as in ancient times but also, in Egyptian mythology, the Land of the Dead: A space open to be filled, just as William Burroughs work published in 1987, with meaning, an open book in many ways, readable from all possible angles, strung together by an ambience which transcends the limitations of chronological storytelling: Juggling with atmospheres, real and unreal memories, and steeped in occult symbolism. The road which leads to the Western Lands, Burroughs tells us, is devious and unpredictable. Todays easy passage may be tomorrows death trap.  To reach the Western Lands is to achieve freedom from fear.
Far more than an interpretation of Burroughs text, Tiago Sousas The Western Lands retraces itself the journey of an artist towards an unknown territory, aiming not at a conclusion, but a transition: Just as Burroughs intersects the present with an hallucinatory beyond, subverting our common notion of reality, Tiago Sousas seven compositions draw upon both the noisy and the melodious, loose rhythms as well as hypnotic repetitions, parallels of equal value which never converge to one simple truth, one simple solution. It comes as no surprise, then, that The Western Lands also marks the introduction of a second voice to Sousas musical spectrum the guitar, new counterpart to the piano, the former protagonist of his two earlier works (Crepsculo, 2006, and Noite / Nuit, split with french artist SRX, 2007): From the frail harmonies of The Writer and The Valley, to the harsh and discordant sounds of Can any soul survive the searing fireball of an atomic blast, the sinister melancholy of The Road to Western Lands pieces like Waghdas, Ka and Centipedes City always hold Sousas work in an unsettling balance, never quite yielding to either side, unfolding a wide musical landscape we as listeners can wander in: A musical cut up, equally devious and unpredictable, whose lost part are for us to find: The most obvious road is almost always a fools road.
All songs written and recorded by Tiago Sousa
based on the book with the same title by William S. Burroughs
Thanks to: friends and family, specially to Ritinha, Carlota and Christian
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