Shoegaze: Não ao Futebol Moderno – Vida Que Segue

Capa: Não ao Futebol Moderno – Vida Que Segue. O típico efeito medusa proporcionado por retrato feminino em preto e branco.

Em tempos onde tudo tende a piorar
Eu sei que fiz o mais difícil
Em tempos onde tudo tende a piorar
Eu não soltei da sua mão
Não diga que sua vida
É uma obra de arte mal feita
Me dói tanto ouvir isso vindo de você

Laços de Família

Vida Que Segue, álbum da banda gaúcha Não ao Futebol Moderno, formada por Felipe, Kílary, Pedro e Marco impactou uma fase da minha vida de tal forma que desde que comecei esse blog eu sempre almejei escrever essa resenha, mas até agora deixei a pauta na geladeira. Já que minha proposta era sempre a de fazer um blog em inglês, onde o conteúdo fosse focado num público internacional, de forma que eu também pudesse divulgar trabalhos brasileiros, em inglês, de forma mais abrangente e não limitada a essa grande ilha que é o Brasil, como quando cobri aqui a banda Bike ano passado. Isso tudo somado à playlist Brasil Progressivo. Porém, como explicar minha emoção ao ouvir Vida Que Segue em inglês? Portanto, este será a primeira postagem em língua portuguesa nesse blog.

Um dia sonhei: Estavam todos enlouquecidos
Quando acordei, acontecia algo parecido
E eu que sempre procurava um porquê
E eu que sempre procurava entender
Me dei conta

Nem sempre não ter sentido é ruim
Mas eu nem sempre pensei assim

Carlinhos

O álbum possui ao todo 10 faixas e foi lançado em 2016 pela gravadora de Porto Alegre, Umbaduba Records, também responsável por outros lançamentos do rock alternativo e shoegaze gaúcho como SLSD, Locomotiva Elétrica e Onda Anda Chico Flores, EP anterior da banda lançado em 2014. Em geral, os trabalhos lançados pela Umbaduba dialogam entre si. Mas ao meu ver, nenhum deles chegam próximo em conteúdo e altura do que veio a ser Vida Que Segue. Álbum que certamente pode ser considerado um dos melhores lançados nesses últimos três anos, mais especificamente na cena do rock alternativo independente. Outros álbuns que podem dialogar com Vida Que Segue são Sobre a Vida em Comunidade da banda Mahmed do Rio Grande do Norte, 1943 dos paulistanos do Bike e Manual dos goianos Boogarins. São álbuns em geral marcantes, que revelam muito sobre o Brasil contemporâneo pós crise política, econômica e golpe. Todos eles marcaram uma época, de obscuridade psicodélica típicas de trabalhos produzidos nos idos de 1971, 1972 e 73, como Tudo Foi Feito Pelo Sol e o A e o Z dos Mutantes. Vida Que Segue é carregado em poesia em suas letras e no som, como Peso Pesar, digno do melhor do rock progressivo brasileiro, com um phaser marcando presença na bateria.

Bota um disco pra ouvir
Mais um dia chato, e eu nem notei
De quem nós vamos rir
Aponta o dedo, você sabe o jeito
Fale o que preferir
Tua voz me acalma, quando eu não tô bem
Chama pra subir
Mais um dia quente
E eu nem me importei de não ver o mar

Olhar pra cama e ver você
Me faz enlouquecer
Viajar pra dentro de você
Pra te conhecer

Janeiro

O álbum em si possui uma produção impecável, com guitarras e pedais analógicos, somados sintetizadores aqui e li, o baixo soa em sincronia com a bateria orgânica, que marca um ritmo meticulosamente mixado, em um som fortemente analógico, típico ao shoegaze de findos anos 80 e anos 90. Faixas como Quintal, trazem consigo a delicadeza do rock progressivo pós tropicália, típico ao início dos anos 70 somado ao que os anos 90 tiveram de melhor, poeticamento retratando um existencialismo beirando aos 30, no Brasil de 2015 e 2016. Musicalmente comparável ao som de bandas como Som Imaginário. Vida Que Segue, com esse título profético, em versos, carrega o peso que um homem beirando aos 30 sente em seu peito. As pequenas frustrações somadas em anos de aventuras juvenis, o peso do amadurecimento, os cabelos brancos surgindo, vidas amorosas concretas e toda responsabilidade que isso carrega. O peso de ter que trabalhar com coisas nem sempre agradáveis e também o peso do desemprego, como em Cansado de Trampar.

O filho chora discretamente
E reclama demais silenciosamente
Mesmo que digam que o que os olhos não vêem
O coração não sente
O seu sempre sentiu

Faixas como Carro Chefe, servem de exemplo para ilustrar toda a carga existencial de Vida Que Segue.

Eu te ouvi com atenção, amigo
Falar sobre as sombras
Que a gente não vê, só sente
Você e eu somos poeira
Então por que continuo a lustrar meus móveis
Espero que me convença
A não ter mais medo de pensar na morte
Anestesiado pela ignorância do meu próprio fim
Se você e eu somos poeira
Então por que continuo a lustrar meus móveis
Azar que não importa
Tento ser a melhor pessoa pra mim mesmo

Infelizmente a banda deixou de produzir novos trabalhos de estúdio depois de Vida Que Segue, mas nos deixou esse álbum que com certeza já está na história das gravações e produções do rock alternativo brasileiro. Outros álbuns relevantes do shoegaze brasileiro que também merecem destaque são Repertório Infindável de Dolorosas Piadas e Paroxismos da banda Gorduratrans. Mas isso ficará para postagens futuras, mas fica aqui a dica.

Foto dos membros da banda por Tuany Areze.

Faixas do Vida Que Segue foram adicionadas às playlists Brasil Progressivo e Psychedelic Waves of Eden, playlist que é dedicada tanto a shoegaze quanto rock progressivo/psicodélico.

New Psychedelic Rock (Music Videos)

Today we selected two music video by contemporary psychedelic rock bands. The first is San Pedro by Visual Eyes, according to them “a band of sonic messengers sent through the Universe with a message for humanity”. They released their first debut album Vibrations. It has that DIY appeal, but it served well to represent the feeling of San Pedro, the opening track of Vibrations. It’s possible to feel in San Pedro some influences from Animals of Pink Floyd, more specifically Dogs.

Besides the music video, Vibrations has a great cover art, that also portraits many cactus. San Pedro has been featured in our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden.

The next track is Mirage by Hola Chica, band from Barcelona. Also a simple video, that portraits an illustration for Mirage, a great work with photocollage by the way. They call themselves an indie-rock band that was founded in 2013. Most of their influences are Lolapalooza bands, Metronomy, Blur or some Australian psychedelic bands, such as Pond or Tame Impala. All of them which I had the pleasure to watch in a few festivals in São Paulo back in the days (with exception of Blur). Their debut album has been released in November 2016, called Magnetism. While for Mirage, it has been released as a single in 2018.

Mirage has also been added to our Spotify playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden:

Psychedelic Rock: Gator – Gator (2018)

Gator from San Francisco, sounds like a mixture of early-post punk with psychedelic rock, David Bowie on Station to Station style. Their homonymous album has been released in 2018, with 12 tracks, including Full Moon. The band is also organising a vinyl pre-order, which is great. Although it has a psychedelic rock kind of sound with Full Moon, all Gator tracks are pretty short, heavily influence by punk-rock, specially in the tracks’ length. The opening track The Middle Part / Summertime, is as punk as Dead Kennedys. The track Gator, sounds like being influenced by Iron Maiden or British Heavy Metal from the 80s blended with Slayer or Sepultura in the guitar, specially in the closing seconds. One thing is true, watching Gator alive would be great!

Check our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden for more modern progressive/psychedelic rock:

Psychedelic Rock: Grand Sun – Flowers

Experience and, above all, a great deal of contemplation were the ingredients that made their first EP – The Plastic People of The Universe – where humanity is a cake and its idiosyncrasies, cherries, now bitter, now sweet but a bomb always about to explode.

Whenever I don’t post here for some days I feel like it’s my duty to be back and present some great independent music material. This time a psychedelic rock band from Lisbon, Portugal.  A city full of music and poetry of high quality everywhere you go on those hills. Therefore, today Synths of Eden present you Grand Sun and their 5 tracks EP The Plastic People of the Universe. It’s a late 60s style of psychedelic rock, from albums such as The Piper at The Gates of Dawn or whatever was published on the year of 1967 when it comes to rock. Flowers is a track that stands out when it comes to psychelia,  followed by The Clown, which is even heavier.

 

The Clown has been added to our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden, that’s a great example of tracks I want to curate for that playlist:

Psychedelic Rock: Cursive – It’s Gonna Hurt

This is the third single off Cursive’s upcoming album Vitriola, out October 5th on 15 Passenger Records. The lyrics don’t have a very psychedelic context behind it, but the instrumentals and the way it evolves, the energy put behind, plus the whole arrangement and instrumentals make it a true psychedelic rock track, with many influences of 90s rock, for sure.

“This song is about watching those closest to you as they seem to deliberately self-destruct. How we find it hard to forgive them for it, but also how we carry the blame for it.” – Tim Kasher

Check our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden for more:

Psychedelic Rock: Voodoo Beach – Ozean

“It took me some time to leave my comfort zone of singing in English and to give my mother-tongue a shot. “Wahn” was the first song I wrote where it felt like it all worked and sounded natural. The band also seemed to find their sound with that song also, an 80’s German post-punk bass and drums sound seemed to catch with us all and we knew we were on the right road. John [the bassist] helped me write the lyrics so I could concentrate on finding a fluid and soft vocal sound that isn’t too German. It wasn’t easy but we discovered ourselves as a band through that process”. Verita Vi


Voodoo Beach is band from Berlin that recently released their Ozean EP, on 26th October. The EP has in total 5 tracks, with songs containing lyrics in German, which makes it even cooler. Ok English is nice and understandable, but it’s oversaturated and it never makes the same sense  as if a native speaker is singing, which can also make me think about Boogarins and how the fact that they sing in Portuguese is so important for the psychedelic rock scene in Brazil, event though they release by a US-label. Y

Listening Voodoo Beach you should pay attention to the imposing bass of Jon van Mono, besides the amazing dark vocals of Verita V, that also plays guitar. Just like our recent psychedelic rock features, such as Lukka and Heartthrob Chassis it also  draws inspiration from 70s rock and a post-punk atmosphere, like Heart and Siouxsie & The Banshes. Ignacy San is in charge of keys and vocals, while Josephine O plays the drums and sings the back vocals. If you like the style, I definitely recommend listening the whole EP.

Listen to our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden for more:

Psychedelic Rock: Lukka – Black Hole Fusion

Lukka is a driven, passionate and charismatic artist with a unique approach to her blend of song-writing. Her music blurs the lines between great 60s melodies and energetic 70s hard rock, in a modern and edgy way.


Black Hole Fusion, by Lukka from New York City, sounds like a late 70s studio production. First track that comes to my mind is Barracuda from the band Heart. Many influences from old school psychedelic rock as much as 70s bands, such as Led Zeppelin. Great music. This is her latest single. She has been releasing music since 2012.

Falling through a deep black hole
Gave up to comprehend
I’ve been searching for so long
Newborn to understand that
I am
I am
I am

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Psychedelic Rock: Heartthrob Chassis – Sister

“Sister” is the epic, back-breaking album anchor Arrhythmia from Heartthrob Chassis, the Detroit-based glam garage rock band headed by Margaret Doll Rod, former songwriter and member of the stage-smashing Demolition Doll Rods. It’s a droning, buzzing, noisy dirge of a song, with layers of guitars and a psychedelic freakout that begins to spiral out into a kind of hallucinogenic chaos.


First thing that comes to my mind when I listen Sister, by Heartthrob Chassis is Sonic Youth mixed with stoner and psychedelic rock. Noisy distorted guitars with stoner vocals, full of a post-punk mood, that sometimes sound like Velvet Underground.  The album Arrhythmia has been released by Milan Records and it’s the band’s first album.

Listen to Psychedelic Waves of Eden for more hallucinogenic chaos:

Psychedelic Rock: Ben Millburn – Mr. Taco


Sunglass Moustache is a psychedelic record from Austin dwelling-Louisiana native Ben Millburn. It is also the name of the musicians and artists in his band and on his team. The band made the record in and around Austin, Texas at Church House (Robert Plant, Eddie Vedder, Black Angels) and Good Danny’s (Okkervil River, White Denim) studios. “We recorded the majority of the record live, vocals and all, about a week after we got back from a tour of the South. We recorded eight songs in two days. The rest of the record comes from studio improvisations and a song or two from my eight track. The first song ‘I Feel Something’ was one that we improvised in the studio.”

Mr. Taco by Ben Millburn is a psychedelic rock instrumental track that deserves a place in our Psychedelic Waves of Eden Spotify playlist. However, more than this, the whole album Sunglass Moustache released 14th of September deserves attention by fans of psychedelic rock. It has that old school feeling that from the 60s with a contemporary feeling only provided by modern studios. Tracks like I Feel Something and Mr. Tuxedo deserves total respect.  These two have vocals, like most of the tracks from the album, apart from Mr. Taco. Sunglass Moustache, the track, is something totally experimental, but that serves as a sample of all the creativity behind the creation of this album.

Psychedelic Rock: NOVELA – Wool

“Wool” examines the contradictions and deceptions inherent in every inter-/ intra-personal relationship, fooling the other, and fooling ourselves…always with the best of intentions. Three piece group featuring analog synthesizers, looping, Live and electronic drums, vocal harmonies and electric guitar/bass, AND gratifying Coda Breakdown section.

Wool has been written, performed, recorded/mixed/mastered by Novela, from Cupertino, California. Another psychedelic rock track that deserves attention by Synths of Eden and a place in our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden. Among Novela’s influences we have Pink Floyd, The Flaming Lips, Portishead, Bjork, Thundercat, Talking Heads, Dr. Dre, and My Bloody Valentine.

Check our playlist Psychedelic Waves of Eden for more psychedelic tracks like this: