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Giulia Millanta — Conversation With A Ghost (June 22, 2018)

Giulia Millanta — Conversation With A Ghost (June 22, 2018)

 Giulia Millanta — Conversation With A GhostGiulia Millanta — Conversation With A Ghost (June 22, 2018)≡Δ≡       V roce 2011, pod její vlastní značkou DIY, Ugly Cat Music, napsala, produkovala a vydala album “Dropping Down”, kterou Audioglobe mezinárodně distribuoval, mimo jiné s vynikajícími talenty Michaela Manringe a vítězného kytaristy Grammy Award Edem Gerhardem. Toto je její šesté album... Teď v červnu 2018 Giulia vydává “Konverzace s duchem”, kterou vyprodukovala společně s kytaristou Gabrielem Rhodesem (Willie Nelson, Billy Joe Shaver). Album bylo nahráváno živě s některými z nejlepších hudebníků v Austinu a ti se za poslední dva roky stali jejími stálými členy: Glenn Fukunaga na basu, Dony Wynn (Robert Palmer) na bicí. Talenty jako Joe Guzman (Paul Simon) na akordeon a John Mills (Aretha Franklin, David Byrne) na basklarinet a sax, David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin) na kytaru, Kimmie Rhodes (bcgr vocals) zvedají album na vysoký level. Swingově~rytmická a bluesová píseň “Enough Is Enough” je zásadní, bláznivá s tvrdou hrůzou připomínající něco od Morphine. “La Stanza” je drahokamem na tomto albu. Uhrančivá píseň se suchými bubny a Giulianou, která zpívá částečně v italštině a částečně v angličtině. Opravdu taková píseň, která pomalu proniká do vašeho srdce. Toto je již druhé album z oblasti stylu Americana.  V praskající jazzové baladě “Hour Glass” můžete slyšet zpěv Gabriela Rhodese a jazzovou kytaru (Marc Ribot). V závěru alba Giuliana zpívá: “Vesmír, prostor, prostor přede mnou, v těsném sousedství se mnou, tak blízko jsem neviděla, že před mnou je svoboda.”  Setkáváme se s důvěrným duchem ztráty: ztráty neviny, rozumu, perspektivy, lásky. Ale přesto je to inspirativní album, s úžasně ohebným hlasem, toto spojení Itálie a Texasu budí rozruch a pohlazení. No a na závěr citát, který to vše podtrhne. Marc Ribot: “It’s good to understand not only how to play guitar, but also why to play guitar.” // “Conversation with a Ghost” is Giulia’s sixth album, in which she has been questioning her ghosts and taking notes on what they have to say.
≡Δ≡       Therefore she invites us to her séance, where in the space of thirty~seven minutes, we explore collectively unconscious realms and meet the familiar spirits of loss; loss of innocence, sanity, perspective, love.
≡Δ≡       At the end she sings, “Space, space, space in front of me, in close quarters with myself, so close I couldn’t see there is freedom ahead of me.”
Born: in Florence, Italy
Location: Florence, Italy ~ Austin, TX
Occupation(s): singer~songwriter, musician, writer, activist, producer
Instruments: vocals, guitar, ukulele, baritone guitar
Genre: Jazz, Folk, Blues, Americana 
Genre: Indie, Blues, Americana, Jazz 
Album release: June 22, 2018
Record Label: Ugly Cat Music
Duration:     37:06
Tracks:
01. Blinded By The Sun     3:05
02. Hour Glass     2:32
03. Puppet On A String     2:45
04. Lonesome Throne     3:31
05. Violence     2:53
06. Coney Island     3:18
07. Lila (Spread Your Arms)     3:20
08. Conversation With A Ghost     2:47
09. Expiration Date     4:04
10. Enough Is Enough     2:27
11. La Stanza     3:19
12. Space     3:05
℗ 2018 Giulia Millanta
Personnel / Credits:
≡Δ≡       Giulia Millanta — vocals and electric guitars
≡Δ≡       Gabriel Rhodes — baritone guitar, electric guitar (1), acoustic guitar, glasses, piano, saw, bajo sexto
≡Δ≡       Mark Ribot — electric guitar (2, 3)
≡Δ≡       David Pulkingham — nylon string guitar, bg vocals
≡Δ≡       Glenn Fukunaga — upright bass
≡Δ≡       Dony Wynn — drums, percussion
≡Δ≡       Joel Guzman — accordion
≡Δ≡       John Mills — bass clarinet, sax
≡Δ≡       Tommy Spurlock — steel guitar
≡Δ≡       Kimmie Rhodes — bg vocals
⦿     All songs written by Giulia Millanta or Giulia Millanta & Gabriel Rhodes except “La Stanza” by Giulia Millanta & Max Larocca
⦿    Produced by Giulia Millanta & Gabriel Rhodes
⦿    Recorded live by Carter Greeves at Sunbird Studio
⦿    Mixed by Stuart Sullivan at Wire Studio
⦿    Mastered by Chris Longwood at SugarHill Studio
⦿    Photography: Jme Lacombe
⦿    Cover Design: Kimmie Rhodes
Review
Tekst: Peter Marinus
≡Δ≡       https://www.bluesmagazine.nl/recensie-giulia-millanta-conversation-with-a-ghost/
BIOGRAPHY OF GIULIA MILLANTA
≡Δ≡       Singer~songwriter, Giulia (Julia) Millanta, is a native~born Italian from Florence who now calls Austin, Texas home. A creative and prolific artist, she has released five albums touring regionally, nationally throughout the USA and internationally. An accomplished guitarist, Giulia also plays ukulele and sings in four languages. She has been called smart, pensive and cool and credited with psychedelic grooveability whilst “baring her clairvoyant soul” to “deliver musical mojo.”
≡Δ≡       Giulia began her life in music as a child of eight years when taught to play guitar by her father she began to perform traditional folk songs. She continued to sing and began writing songs and making records. Performing at the Acoustic Guitar Meeting in Sarzana in the spring of 2010 her accomplished guitar style and songs earned her the “New Sounds Of Acoustic Music” award. This led to an endorsement by the renowned guitar makers Eko, choice of the most famous 60’s~80’s era singer~songwriters throughout Italy.
≡Δ≡       Deciding to expand her musical borders in 2012 she moved to Austin where she was soon embraced by the music community and its fans as a writer, collaborator and performer in the scene’s most prestigious singer~songwriter venues. Giulia, by way of her unique bi~lingual ability and intrepid nature, has honed a style that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks strongly yet gently of universal life through her autobiographical musings.  One only has to follow the yellow brick road of her discography to know who and where she is now.
≡Δ≡       In 2008, Driven by curiosity and a longing for personal expression she debuted with “Giulia and the Dizzyness” (Cavern Jatt Records.) Then, in 2011, she released “Dropping Down” (Ugly Cat Music/Audioglobe) distinguished by her maturing skills as musician, producer, writer and arranger. By 2012, as a result of Giulia’s new energy and inspiration after having toured mainland Europe and moving to Austin to become part of the melting pot of cultural experiences in “the live music capitol of the world,” she released “Dust and Desire” (Ugly Cat Music/Audioglobe.) Just a couple of years later in 2014 she broke new ground with “The Funambulist” (Ugly Cat Music) Surrounded by a host of new friends and fellow musicians as “between the lines” she conceptualizes the tightrope walk she has been through, writing and singing of all she has experienced, learned and become.
≡Δ≡       In 2016, Giulia released her fifth solo album “Moonbeam Parade”, 13 self~penned tunes fueled by a new direction on electric guitar. Produced by Giulia herself on her own label “Ugly Cat Music”, with her friend and producer George Reiff, with a stellar band featuring some of the best musicians in Austin, such as Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Glenn Fukunaga (The Dixie Chicks), Michael Fracasso, Kimmie Rhodes, Gabriel Rhodes (Willie Nelson), Dony Wynn (Robert Palmer), David Pulkingham (Patty Griffin). Moonbeam Parade tour has brought Giulia to the U.K, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Italy and through out the U.S.
Website: https://www.giuliamillanta.com/
CD Baby: https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/giuliamillanta6
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julia.millanta/
Discography
⦿    2008 — Giulia and the Dizzyness (Cavern Jatt Records)
⦿    2011 — Dropping Down (Ugly Cat Music/Audioglobe)
⦿    2012 — Dust and Desire (Ugly Cat Music)
⦿    2014 — The Funambulist (Ugly Cat Music)
⦿    2016 — Moonbeam Parade (Ugly Cat Music/Shellshock)
⦿    2018 — Conversation with a Ghost (Ugly Cat Music/Audioglobe)
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Giulia Millanta — Conversation With A Ghost (June 22, 2018)

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