Following Hugo Race’s recent excursions into world electronica (Dirtmusic’s ‘Bu Bir Ruya’ and ‘Gemini 4’) meets 21st century blues (‘John Lee Hooker’s World Today’), the former Bad Seed is back with a new album of modern folk songs. Hugo Race Fatalists' ‘Taken By The Dream’ is a cinematic tapestry of complex emotional states illuminated by mercurial moments of dazzling light and grace.
“(This is) a profound and intimate journey, accompanied by an experienced guide who investigates every dark corner of the human soul, an author who should not be missing in any respectable discography.” - Paolo Dordi, Rockerilla
Recorded in Sicily in collaboration with Diego Sapignoli and Francesco Giampaoli from one of Italy’s most popular and influential instrumental bands, Sacri Cuori, studio guests include Chris Brokaw (Lemonheads, Come, Codeine), Bryan Colechin (The True Spirit), violinist Vicki Brown (Calexico), New Zealand pop songstress Lisa Crawley, Giovanni Ferrario (Scisma, Micevice), and cameo appearances from Race’s long-time musical partner Michelangelo Russo.
“Race puts into play his deep timbre, Sacri Cuori throw down their sure card of desert folk from another era and from the sowing of these arid lands are born ballads suspended in time.” (Luca Minutolo, Rumore, Italy). Following Hugo’s 2010 solo album, ‘Fatalists’, a unique mix of alt-country and electronica recorded in Italy with Sacri Cuori, the band took on the name of Fatalists and toured extensively in Italy, consolidating their unique sound on 2012’s ‘We Never Had Control’. A 5-track EP ‘Orphans’ followed in 2014, along with tours in greater Europe and Australia. In 2016 Hugo Race Fatalists’ released ’24 Hours to Nowhere’ with Glitterhouse Records to international critical acclaim: “’24 Hours from Nowhere’ is darker than the darkest Walkabouts song, it’s a scorched earth vision… The songs sound magnificent, the instruments like blocks of grey tones, beautifully picked out, with plenty of room between them… Overall this is a dark Gothic piece that skillfully calls on Lee Hazelwood and Ennio Morricone to create a suite of songs that is beautifully constructed and breathlessly cinematic.” - David Cowling, Americana UK
“In Australia, Hugo Race is present not only with his music which speaks for itself, but also with a book he has recently published, "Road Series", an autobiographical Road Novel. In it, he processes his travel experiences of the past 30 years - a mixture of Bruce Chatwin and Jack Kerouac. But despite the unexpected literary success, Hugo Race continues to make music. He needs songwriting as the air we breathe, he says.” - Carsten Beyer, Deutschlandradio Kultur
„Hugo Race’s ‘ Fatalists’. An atmosphere combining a David Lynch film with a Cormac McCarthy novel…“ - Lost Highways
It started as a fanzine, in 1981. Deep in the middle of nowhere, in a hick town in Germany. Soon after, Glitterhouse was a record label, too. And a mailorder. And suddenly, in 1984, GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS became a profession.