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Released: 28.06.24







Avant-garde cellist and composer Mabe Fratti released her debut in 2019. Sentir Que No Sabes is her fourth solo album in five years. Fratti keeps moving. She was born in Guatemala, currently lives in Mexico City, and recorded her new tracks between Mexico and the Netherlands. Her music, too, is difficult to pin down, although Arthur Russell is obviously one of her idols.

For all its austerity, there are moments when Fratti’s music becomes uncontrollably playful and reminds me a bit of the Kronos Quartet’s Nueva – only with vocals in Spanish. Fratti has a high-pitched, gently stoical voice. But I like her instrumental fragments better – the sudden, unfilled gaps in the music. The moments when I don’t know where she’s going and everything feels magically suspended.






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