Earlier this month, Brighton’s Wax Machine released a new double A-side single with the three minute, psychedelic explosion of Springtime, coupled with a tripped out version of Canto De Iemanja from Vinicius De Moraes and Baden Powell’s seminal 1966 Brazilian album Os Afro-Sambas.
Speaking of the release, Wax Machine explained how “Springtime is a “meditation on the cycles of nature, the dance of duality, the swinging of the cosmic pendulum,” while Canto De Iemanja, originally featured on Vinicius De Moraes and Baden Powell’s Os Afro-Sambas album, is about the goddess of the sea!…..This very chant is what the band have often found themselves singing to the sea in their hometown of Brighton!
“The ocean is a muse of mine I go to the sea whenever I can. Her presence enlivens, refreshes and brings me deeper awareness. This version is a homage both to my motherland and the great big blue that separates us.”
Although there is constantly evolving line up both in studio and on stage, long time collaborators Toma Sapir (drums, percussions, samples/synths), Isobel Jones (Flute/Vocals) and Ella Russell (vocals in Canto De lemanja) all appear on both of their albums.
I’m so chuffed to have heard their gorgeous rendition of Canto De Iemanja, their cover is an absolute beauty and without hearing this, I would never have discovered the original. Magic!!!
Springtime / Canto de Iemanjá is out now and if you fancy grabbing a copy, you can do that from here.