Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery Release New Album

Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery Release New Album

Nibs van der Spuy & Guy Buttery Release New Album

By / News / Tuesday, 04 August 2020 16:10

After an 8 year silence on the recording front, Nibs van der Spuy and Guy Buttery announce their sophomore release as a duo. Recorded at the end of last year in Europe, Live in Lisbon, see's their return with a stripped-down performance beautifully captured along the mighty Tagus River just outside the capital city of Portugal. 

Described by FanBible as "the finest collaboration between two South African musicians", 2012 saw the release of their critically acclaimed debut, In The Shade of the Wild Fig. Nibs and Guy were touring in France and decided backstage at a festival it was finally time to put down a collaborative release. For over a decade they had contributed to each other’s recordings and had performed countless shows together all over the world, so finally, in between their respective schedules as solo artists, their first album was released. In The Shade of the Wild Fig received much praise across the globe and nominated for a South African Music Award later that year. 

The real magic of a Buttery/van der Spuy performance is in the moment, with a constant and spontaneous exchange of energy which transcends their individualities as two separate parts, shaping up something entirely new. Rolling Stone Magazine spoke of this as well, saying, “their individual and quite distinct finger-style techniques fit each other like the proverbial glove.” Live in Lisbon holds true to this too. Guy Buttery comments, "knowing Nibs so well as a friend, often reminds me of how transparent music really is. We both always talk about the ability to 'see' where either of us are taking the music with each moment, and more importantly what each other's intention are when going in a certain direction. This always feels very special to bear witness to". This concert recording also acts as something of a "best of" from their twenty-year partnership showcasing their profound abilities to explore each piece, interlocking with tightly fused dynamics and featuring new and unrecorded songs. 

Recorded in Belém just outside Lisbon, this little seaside town was the launchpad for the countless ships which sailed into the unknown in search of new frontiers over 500 years ago. Vasco de Gama set sail from there in 1498 and named Natal after arriving on Christmas day in the seaport before it became Durban, in KwaZulu-Natal where both Nibs and Guy hail from.

Nibs van der Spuy recalls the night: "It had been a good while since we had played live together, but all the essential ingredients were still very much present. Neither of us were aware that everything was perfectly in place and that we were being recorded. From this intimate setting in Portugal, with a bunch of beautiful people who came from all corners to be a part of this wonderful evening, we are incredibly happy to share this recorded moment with the rest of the world."

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Live in Lisbon will be released exclusively on Bandcamp this Friday, 7th August. The album will go live with THIS LINK at 9:00 am South African Standard Time. To show their support for this exclusive release, Bandcamp has offered to waive all their fees for sales on the 7th August with 100% of the proceeds going to the artists to aid musicians during the pandemic. Purchases on this day are greatly encouraged and mean a lot to the artists. 

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