His songs are sung in Portuguese, with visceral, sexual lyrics in the vain of Caetano Veloso and melodic flourishes not unlike those of Tom Jobim. However, the music gets a deliberate minimalist treatment rarely found in contemporary Brazilian music, more reminiscent of the bareness of Leonard Cohen.
Sessa’s concerts are already stuff of legend in Brazil, as he takes the stage accompanied solely by female backing choir and Afro-Brazilian percussion. While the songs often deal with subjects such as the sensual body and spiritual transcendence, the music points to new, more subtle directions for World pop music in 2019 – a deep, minimalist, almost insinuated use of the endlessly rich textures and rhythms that define the songwriting history of Brazil, which Sessa now joins as one of the most promising new voices.
“ A beautiful and highly recommended record.”- Aquarium Drunkard
“Brazilian Folk Bliss” – Afropop
“On this intoxicating LP, the hushed classic sound of Tropicália gets a gentle dusting of psychedelia” – Bandcamp
“Super sick modern Brazilian vibes in line with the best of Tom Jobim, Caetano Veloso, and Arthur Verocai while touching on cosmic jazz, psych, and tropicália. A gorgeous, captivating record through and through.” – Light in the Attic
Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, artist, and member of some of Milwaukee’s finest ensembles (Collections of Colonies of Bees, Hello Death), Marielle Allschwang sits at the center of the band she’s named The Visitations. “Allschwang’s voice [is] a timeless instrument, full of sadness, beauty, and independence, rooted in the fertile ground of Americana but twisted into the wilding sky of the avant-garde” (Milwaukee Record). Together, Allschwang, Adam Michael Krause, Nathaniel Heuer, Ken Palme, and Thomas Duffey make “[the last 20+ years of Milwaukee post-rock] thunder and glisten” (Shepherd Express).
Since releasing her debut album, Dead Not Done, which was lauded for its “Lynchian beauty and grace,” Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations released two full length albums, VISITATIONS IV and Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl, both of which sat in the top five of Milwaukee’s “Best of 2019” lists, with VISITATIONS IV taking top honors from Milwaukee Record.
Her video for “Aquarium” (which she co-produced with Heather Hass) screened at film festivals internationally, received RadioMilwaukee’s 2017 “Music Video of the Year” award, and has been tagged by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as “the most artful and mesmerizing Milwaukee music video ever made.” In 2019, Allschwang and Visitations member Adam Michael Krause created an experimental film featuring the artist environment of Milwaukee legend Mary Nohl for the live multimedia performance of Precession of a Day: The World of Mary Nohl. Precession of a Day premiered at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in June 2019, and was performed at the Oriental Theatre in September 2019.