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Hugo Race Fatalists - We Never Had Control
CD Album

Hugo Race Fatalists

We Never Had Control

Gusstaff Records

Released: 1st October 2012 | 8 track adult alternative album

Hugo Race Fatalists is the collaboration between Australian singer songwriter producer Hugo Race and the Italian instrumental band Sacri Cuori.

Previous album 'Fatalists' ****4 Star review in Uncut, Feb 2011 hailed in international press as a 'masterpiece...;'

Beautiful, brutal, primitive and transcendent, the new album from Hugo Race and his Fatalist collaborators Antonio Gramentieri and Diego Sapignoli is both dark and uplifting. Acoustic instruments and subtle electronica fused with Race's deep voice and songwriting trace the scars of experience and sacrifice, set against unique soundscapes merging folk, experimentalism, electronica and rock. Hugo Race Fatalists are joined by violinists Vicki Brown and Catherine Graindorge, synthesist Franco Naddei and contrabassist Francesco Giampaoli.

Hugo Race is an internationally acclaimed Australian singer, songwriter and producer. A founding member of Nick Cave's Bad Seeds and the seminal Australian 80s cult band The Wreckery, Hugo has toured internationally and collaborated with artists from Melbourne, Rome, Berlin, London, Tucson, Austin, Brussels, Warsaw, Bamako, LA, New York, Sao Paolo and beyond. Hugo's True Spirit collective have produced 14 Hugo Race & True Spirit albums while Hugo's various other collaborations span another ten or more albums spread over several continents including Dirtmusic (their 'BKO' album, recorded in Mali, Africa, a cross-cultural collaboration with the Malian Tuareg group Tamikrest, cited as one of the best albums of 2010), the French-American band Lilium, the Brazilian project Moses Complex, the UK-based Pantaleimon, Rogall's Electric Circus Sideshow, Sepiatone, the European 'supergroup' Songs With Other Strangers and the Italian multimedia project Merola Matrix. In 2009, Hugo's album 'Between Hemispheres' (released by Polish independent Gusstaff Records), a mix of African instruments and edgy electronica, received rave reviews globally. Hugo's most recent album is 'No But Its True', a solo collection of cover versions on the theme of love recorded in haunting, minimalist style, released in 2012 by Viceversa / Rough Velvet Records.

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In 2010, the debut album Hugo Race Fatalists, released in Australia by Other Tongues and in Europe by Gusstaff/Interbang Records, was hailed in the international music press...

"about first album (Fatalists): Fine, broody album from former Bad Seed plus collaborators. The much travelled Race again brings his varied sense of atmosphere and backdrop to enhance the complex emotional states presented in these songs"
UNCUT, ****/*****
"(Fatalists) is arguably an appropriate description for Race’s music in its various forms and guises; frequently dark, often confronting, Race sits on the windowsill outside the dominant culture, offering regularly astute, and occasionally bleak, assesments of matters emotional and cultural… invigorating as it is intense"
"Between Hemispheres’ This is the culmination of a long and strange journey for Race, who started musical life in the Melbourne post-punk scene. There’s a soiled intensity about this album – both sweeping beauty and true grit"
UNCUT, ****/*****
"‘Hugo Race’s ‘ Fatalists’. An atmosphere combining a David Lynch film with a Cormac McCarthy novel…"
Lost Highways
"Race is dreamlike and metaphysical in the face of reality, using a poetic narrative drawn from the intangible. Without the shadow of a doubt this record is in the top titles of my playlist for this year."