ALABASTER DE PLUME – To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 – International Anthem (Chicago) 2020 : Alabaster DePlume is not doing things properly, and this makes him very happy. DePlume is a Manchester-born, London-based bandleader, composer, saxophonist, activist and orator. To Cy & Lee… has a suitably individual genesis. DePlume was working for Ordinary Lifestyles, a charity in North Manchester which supports people with disabilities to live in their own homes and to live fulfilling lives. Specifically, he was working with the titular Cy and Lee. His job was to get the guys socialising and he did this by making up songs with them. They’d make up melodies together, humming tunes in the house when they needed something calm, or when they were haring round the city in a battered car. DePlume would record these impromptu sessions in his phone, then go to the studio and use the material as starting points for songs. He also ran music sessions for Cy, Lee and their friends. “People would focus on a central point, tuning in to one another. There are things we can’t put into words, which can be expressed with sound and music. These guys have fewer words than us, some of them have none. When we put some feelings into a music expression – that’s liberation.” De Plume purposefully brings together players of different skill levels and different backgrounds so they have to interact differently, placing them in unusual situations in which to record. “I wanted to destroy the idea of correct so we were playing it different ways for fun. We had a very magical time playing the tunes”. This is activism expressed through gorgeous music that breaks down barriers by encouraging that most powerful emotion: 𝕔𝕠𝕟𝕟𝕖𝕔𝕥𝕖𝕕𝕟𝕖𝕤𝕤. Follow up

VALDISOLE – Pnoi – Nebbiolo rosé (Piemonte) 2017 : Gently pressed, divided in 3 parts, 1/3 matured in chestnut barriques for the time of nine month, 1/3 in oak, 1/3 in clayver, then blended together and giving some more time to connect in the bottle. 𝕐𝕠𝕦 𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕕𝕠𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕨𝕖𝕝𝕝. Follow up