Netherlands-born vocalist and producer Malvae quietly embarked on a months-long journey through the Amazon Rainforest and documented his life-changing expedition on his debut full-length project: Amazonas. Featuring 13 nuanced tracks with an epic overarching vision, Malvae conjures up an intensely visceral experience with an awe-inspiring scope that calls upon all five senses to envision life inside Earth’s premier oasis. Led by previous singles “Tuyuka” and “Slash & Burn”, the project is packed with intense outings like “Rush” and melodic musings like “Turmoil (ft. Esther Veen)” in equal parts. In the spirit of the project, Malvae plans to donate 10% of all streams and sales to an organization that protects the Amazon Rainforest and tribes that call it home.
Malvae explains, “‘Amazonas’ marks my debut album which I created from samples I recorded on a 2000km journey crossing 4 out of 9 countries which hold the Amazon Rainforest to create awareness for protecting this vast space. Starting the months-long journey in a small oil town called Coca, Ecuador, where I was invited to visit a Huaorani family in Yasuni, I continued traveling down the Napo and Amazon rivers through Peru, Colombia and eventually Brazil, while documenting the entire journey with my camera and drone to visualize the project. With all the sounds you hear originating from the jungle, I hope that the listeners may experience the jungle and its inhabitants speaking through my music and the feelings I felt while I was there, deep in the rainforest. I hope that it may light a fire within you.”
Malvae (AKA Jim van der Breggen) is a global traveler who incorporates sounds from across the world into his music. He initially burst onto the scene in 2017 with his debut single “Haunts Me (feat. Esther Veen)” which ascended to #17 on Spotify’s Viral 50 charts in the United States and notched a feature in the Japanese Netflix series Terrace House. He went on to release two singles via the acclaimed label CloudKid which featured sounds entirely composed from his mouth, leading to a slot at the Netherlands’ Popronde 2018 and an opening performance on Shallou’s Souls tour.