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thds – Two Sides of a World (TTR058) by Tropical Twista Records


This EP is inspired by people.

On the track “Mamyda”, I recorded my Portuguese grandmother having a hard time talking about her life under Salazar’s dictatorship.
I had been hearing plenty of those stories for all my life and I wanted to express them, while honoring and keeping track of my beloved 92-year old grandma’s life and voice. This process was inspired by the track «Walonreye» [Akumandra 2018], for which I recorded my Belgian grandmother talking about survival during World War II.

“Istanbul” was composed after playing at Klein Garten, Istanbul.
The promoters generously offered a reflective 3 day-tour of the city with meaningful discussions about the country’s history, multicultural heritage and contemporary political issues (and Turkish music, of course). Furthermore, they kindly helped me buy a good “Zurna”, which is a traditional Turkish wind instrument I’d always been fascinated about, that I decided to use on this song honoring both Turkey and its diversity, as well as the nice people I’ve met there.

About thds – The Henotic Definition of Sound

thds is a Belgian-Portuguese composer and multi-instrumentalist. His live performances contrast with traditional electronic live acts due to the use of acoustic instruments on stage: voice, guitar, keys, flute & percussions. Raoul, aka ‘thds’, started experimenting with music composition when he was given a keyboard/music workstation by his uncle at the age of 6.

Later joining bands and discovering several genres and instruments, his interest in mindfulness progressively oriented him into a search of a deeper and more meaningful music : thds. Also, growing up in an isolated Jesuit forest school, he developed a close connection to nature, expressed in an optimistic, kindhearted and reflective temper. Therefore, he decided to leave the city and install thds’ recording studio at the edge of a forest, by a river, while commuting to Brussels to work on contemporary dance and pay the rent. thds started in spring 2017 with the help from his best friend, contributing with vocals and percussions during performances.

The project progressively gained international interest with releases tinged with his bittersweet vocal harmonies, warm melodies and eclectic
grooves. Being influenced by his cultural roots and interest in nature and humanities, thds blends ethnic instruments and acoustic elements in a chill, organic and introspective electronic music.

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released September 18, 2019

Thanks to the remixers Zuma Dionys and XAXIM

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