In 'De Profundis', fast rising jazz singer Natalia Mateo combines the worlds of jazz, Polish folk, and singer-songwriting into a mesmerizing game of illusion. The album is inspired by Mateo s Polish origins, by the influences of her adoptive city of Berlin, and by artists who defy convention like Björk and Joni Mitchell. Mateo captivates the listener with her intensity as much as her restraint. Judiciously sparse instrumentation creates a sense of intimacy and a unique sound. Through originals and covers, singing that can be both gentle/lyrical and angular/punchy, 'De Profundis' reveals Natalia Mateo s individuality in full.
Mateo Flecha the elder (1481–1553), better known than his son, composed ensaladas from 1543 to 1548, when he was in charge of music for Maria and Juana, the two daughters of Charles V; his service ended when Maria married her cousin, the future Maximilian II. The form, popular in 16th-century Spain, consisted of a narrative interrupted by quotations of other texts, making up a “salad” that could be varied according to the composer’s taste. They were invariably centered on the themes of Advent and Christmas. Six of these works have been available on disc in multiple versions, notably collections by Paul van Nevel La justa tells the story of redemption as a knightly tournament in which Lucifer defeats Adam and in turn is overcome by the newborn Savior.