"Niebla is a subtle, evoking and enriching listening experience, an album that offers an antidote to cultural preconceptions of the natural and where the listener is an active and responsive part of the work, entangled in a delicately emotional encounter with other species and cultures through sound. Maria Papadomanolaki for A Closer Listen.
"Equipped by technology’s skins, eyes, ears, hands, and feet, we go where we have never been before, this immense territory marks these musical traditions as part of a wilderness never needing to be civilized." - IGLOO MAG.
Featured as 'new and notable' by Bandcamp.
Featured on Freeness on BBC Radio 3.
In Niebla Mexican composers Leena Lee and Vania Fortuna interrogate the mythologies, ecologies and symbolism of the emblematic quetzal bird, a creature sacred to both the Maya and Mexica pre-Hispanic civilizations. This is an album which explores the entanglements of nature and culture, the human and non-human, using sound itself as a tool to heighten our empathy and sensitivity to our environments and the species who share our world.
Situating the listener within the quetzal's cloud forest ecosystem Lee and Fortuna insist upon a version of this location as both active and responsive, a place not of alienation but rather of connection and engagement. The pair weave together culture, affect and interspecies encounter which, in these six movements, explores our symbolic and emotional relationships with the environment and its dwellers through sound.
released March 25, 2022
Leena Lee: Editing, mixing, field recordings, synthesizers, multimedia video and cover art
Vania Fortuna: Vocal composition and performance
Fernando González García: Field recordings and photographs of El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve in the state of Chiapas. These recordings are part of the Library of Bird Sounds of Mexico, Institute of Ecology, A.C.
Eloisa Matheu: Field recordings from the Sierra de las Minas Biosphere Reserve, Guatemala.
Alejandro Gordillo Martínez: Field recordings from the state of Chiapas. These recordings are part of the Library of Bird Sounds of the Alfonso L. Zoology Museum, Herrera, Faculty of Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).
Mastered by Guillermo Guevara: Mexico City, Mexico 2021
Everyone and everything that inspired us
Special thanks to Arte+Ciencia UNAM research group
I have to admit I'm a bit late to claire rousay's works (having only heard a few of her pieces prior to this), but this album is really special. While brief in runtime, its hypnotic combination of field recordings, string sections, and voice notes feels unresolved emotionally yet wholly realized as a bed of compelling sounds. Strikingly beautiful atmospheres on this one, and I look forward to going back and seeing what I've missed out on in rousay's oeuvre. Alec L. Critten