Branches – Alto Astral

Porto, Portugal’s Pedro Rios records dreamy, echo-soaked instrumental pop. His recent Alto Astral mixtape has eight of his recent songs, plus some sample chatter between. The overall effect, as you can hear in the excerpt below, drifts from gentle to eerie and back, though this song in particular makes me think of bones washing up on a beach at night.

Branches – “Cortegaça” (MP3)
(Via Friendship Bracelet)

For a sample of more recent material, see Rios’ video for the mesmerizing “Mar de Março.” It was made using copyright-free footage by Carin Abdulá, some of that footage is not safe for work.

Alto Astral is out now as a download via Soundcloud.

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