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1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
Mas
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
BL 006LP BL 006LP
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RELEASE DATE
7/2/2021

LP version. Never one to sit still, Carwyn Ellis is continuing his voyage into Latin Americana with the release of his second album with Rio 18, Mas. Like its predecessor, the acclaimed Joia! (BL 003CD/LP, 2019), this album is a collection of songs sung in Welsh combined with distinct pop and South American flavors drawn from bossa nova, cumbia, samba, and tropicalismo styles, recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Caernarfon, and London. Mas feels strangely right for our times: an album whose title means several things, as befits its global outlook. Mas means "out" in Welsh, "more" in Spanish, and "but" in Portuguese: these meanings filling that single syllable with promise, potential, but also the subtle edge of a warning. It's a mood that fits the more political tenor of Rio 18's second turn around the world, as Carwyn and his friends explore some substantial subjects: the drowning of villages, climate change, migration, and the rise of megacities. They do so not in sober, serious settings, but beautiful, uplifting songs. Other tracks also celebrate the vivid pleasures of love, nature and our essential humanity. Mas is a record of beautiful songs that says, wait, listen, delight, come together, then act.