Ibeyi (LP)


Ibeyi

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Amoeba Review

02/16/2015

Twin sisters Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz draw upon their Afro-Cuban heritage for their bewitching electro-soul debut. The sisters’ close harmonies and unison chants spill out hauntingly on “Oya,” an invocation to a Santeria spirit built on a digitally scuffed tribal beat. The sisters are the daughters of Buena Vista Social Club percussionist Anga Diaz, who died when the girls were pre-teens, and his spirit (as well as that of their deceased older sister) hangs overhead, but however ceremonial Ibeyi can feel at times, it’s rarely funereal—“my ghosts are not gone,” they sing, but “Ghosts” pulsates with lively chants. Only on standout “River” does it feel mournful, the sisters’ minor-key, gospel-influenced harmonies creating gothic atmosphere alongside a creeping piano and knocking beat. Ibeyi feels strange, its spare beats, eerily clipped sounds and occasional corroded hip-hop beat jibing uneasily with the sisters’ ritualistic vocals, but that underlying feeling of pain also serves to make the album’s spare landscapes feel oddly soothing in a cathartic sort of way. Perhaps it’s the Diaz’s directness—on “Behind the Curtain,” they sing, “dear audience, sweet spectator, we’re together for good,” and you can’t help but feel the connection. It’s an impressive and endlessly intriguing debut from the 20-year-old Diaz sisters.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Eleggua (Intro)
Ibeyi 01:16
2.
Oya
Ibeyi 03:52
3.
Ghosts
Ibeyi 03:31
4.
River
Ibeyi 04:12
5.
Think Of You
Ibeyi 03:40
6.
Behind The Curtain
Ibeyi 04:13


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Stranger / Lover
Ibeyi 04:11
2.
Mama Says
Ibeyi 04:09
3.
Weatherman
Ibeyi 04:02
4.
Faithful
Ibeyi 03:27
5.
Yanira
Ibeyi 03:37
6.
Singles
Ibeyi 03:59
7.
Ibeyi (Outro)
Ibeyi 01:48

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