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Reviews “Indian Summer”

“The Partisan Seed – Indian Summer: The warmth of the afternoon is what we need to pause with music. (…) ‘Ofelia (again) ‘, the first single – with lead singer Filipe Miranda using a low voice (kind of a Bob Dylan feeling) – may be a showing of grief, with a girl giving the song the strength that makes you think of a combination like Damien and Lisa (…) The Partisan Seed’s guitar and piano aspects of the interpretation leave a very good impression…” – by Chu Ting

‘Ondacero Radio’
“In Vigo [Spain] I saw a concert by portuguese project The Partisan Seed. I was really haunted by their sound and if you listen to it, you would all agree with me on this.” – by Juan F.

‘Rádio Universitária do Minho’
“The final phase of 2008 brought us one more wonderful album. The Partisan Seed, Filipe Miranda’s most personal project, is an artistic compromise to sincerity and, above all, with great quality. An acoustic base that sometimes takes us to the most melancholic folk, but on contours and silhouettes with exotic fragrances, influenced by the Mediterranean feeling.
Lyrically rich, Filipe Miranda is inspired by literature, dreams, religion and the reality surrounding him. It’s a record made of simple songs, and using Filipe’s own words, ‘songs with subtle messages, like the words of a muezzin praying very softly’. An enchanted smoothness that requires silence and care. The gods don’t sing much (‘if you know the gods who made all the laws / ask them to sing a little bit more’, in ‘Sound, we make sound’). But we’ll always have the angels.” – by Sérgio Xavier

‘Divergências Sonoras’
” ‘Indian Summer’, through its melancholy and introspective poetry – that encounters the likes and genius of Leonard Cohen -, confirms the greatness of ‘Visions Of Solitary Branches’. Filipe Miranda, the voice of extinct Kafka group, is a composer who deserves an acclamation as genuine as the greatness of this two albums.” – by Filipe Brito

‘Santos da Casa’
” ‘Indian Summer’ is an intense album. Wonderful to listen to in this cold and rainy Winter days. Our soul feels warm. 10 songs, pure gold filigree, where Filipe Miranda again makes a statement as one of the most talented Portuguese songwriters.
Using the acoustic guitar or a piano, Filipe Miranda places his voice, offering us folkish songs, strolling calmly among its notes. This acoustic side of The Partisan Seed’s music inspires passion and this songs are never easy. Filipe Miranda fills each one of his works of art with excelent care for details. He even risks bringing a more dark-folk theme into this album, ‘La Última Piedra de una Novena’, reminding Kafka (his old band).
Although with high cohesion, this album has two stars shinning brighter than the others, the songs he has chosen to be the singles. I’m referring to ‘Ofelia (again)’ where Filipe has Charity Carleton’s vocals and ‘Judy (somewhere)’, where a piano inebriates our senses.
It’s easy to understand why ‘Indian Summer’ is a record we should listen to, specially for those accurate ears who feel that great songs should be unpretentious, light and warm. It’s for everyone who love a good, in the flesh type of song.
Filipe Miranda, with The Partisan Seed, offers his most selfish side as a creator. 10 songs coming alive directly from his veins. Being on the other end, the listener should thank Filipe for the way he surrenders to each and every song. Music like this is eternal…” – by Nuno Ávila

‘A Trompa’
“It’s a healthy experience that has been repeating. Fortunately.
(…)”Indian Summer”. To listen to The Partisan Seed makes us feels as we were participating in dialogue of closeness; a dialogue with someone who we are intimate with. It´s the idea of intimacy through the art of The Partisan Seed. He seems to whisper in our ear, we feel his breath, so close seems Filipe Miranda. A quiet speech gives colours to the words with songs as simple as light. Welcome to “Indian Summer, “the latest album from The Partisan Seed.
Aesthetically, it´s not very different from the previous “Visions of Solitary Branches” (Transporte de Animais Vivos, 2006). Here we can confirm, of course, the huge security that Filipe Miranda introduces on each track of “Indian Summer”; honesty placed on each subject and song. Without haste or backwards, this is an album full of colour, a autumnal record still stuck in the light of summer. There are 10 new themes packed with captivating melodies and words whispered with a unwavering nature. Less autobiographical and more fictional than the previous record, are stories continue through their own path. One way around. Alone and yet with so many. As in the previous album, The Partisan Seed diversifies his approach inviting a great number of friends to help him to tell his stories. Between new and old friends, “Indian Summer” is made of an extensive guest list. (…)
A small world and still another beautiful record.” – By Rui Dinis

‘Milésima Janela’
“One of the best things I have listened to lately. It´s Portuguese. ‘Indian Summer’ is an album to be really appreciated.” – by Man Next Door

‘Jornal de Barcelos’
Two years after the gorgeous ‘Visions Of Solitary Branches’, The Partisan Seed returns with ‘Indian Summer’, a more intimate record, but as beautiful (or more) as the previous album.
In this ten songs, Filipe Miranda, the man behind The Partisan Seed, proves at every song, the maturity he has conquered through the years as a writer and composer. His nature in writing is extended to well done partnerships, such as the duet with Charity Carleton
in ‘Ofelia (again)’, the second single from ‘Indian Summer’. Also impossible to be unnoticed, is Abel Hernández spoken words in ‘La Ultima Piedra de Una Novena’. The pearl of this album is ‘Judy (somewhere)’, a song that fills our heart with a soul and a strong
will not to lose it again. With all this guest’s personal touch, The Partisan Seed made us a strong and secure album, probably the most simple and minimalist one of his long career as a musician, where acoustic songs gain life at each passage. An album to enjoy in multiple auditions during this Fall, waiting for another of his record to grab us fiercely.” – I.M.

“The Partisan Seed made a return in the end of 2008 with another excelent album, a handful of songs, pure and filled with delight.
Filipe Miranda doesn’t know how to make bad or ‘not so good’ songs… he has the power and the fantasy of creating illusions and feelings, exposed in great songs one can confirm in this adventurous album.
The new collection of pearls now has the name of «Indian Summer».  (…) Keep an eye on this composer and all of his projects, because something that has Filipe Miranda’s hand on it is a sign of perfection and enchantment!” – by Vitor Pinto

‘Faro de Vigo’
“The Partisan Seed’s music drink from the well of english acoustic indie, but also from pure lyricism such as Leonard Cohen and the intimate sound of Nick Cave: music that conveys and says things.”