The Brazilian experimental-lofi project Electric Light Pulp released the LP In Reverse on the 6th.
Electric Light Pulp
Introduced earlier in the year in In Reverse, Electric Light Pulp, takes the compositions to an even more experimental level with an eclectic range of ambient tracks on the six track album (available on bandcamp).
My pick of the release is the penultimate – Nearly Awake On The Analogic Universe which lasts for only just under two and a half minutes, but seems to hold time in abeyance with sounds of dial-up modems and shifting tempos that uncurl through the room.
Hell Oh! is the alt-rock quartet of Marco Tulio, Maycon Rocha, Raphael Heiderich and Vinicius Amorim from Lumiar in Brazil.
Hell Oh! – We’ve Got Nothing To Say But A Song – artwork
Initially looked at back in September, by way of one track and a promise to get back to them – Hell Oh! now have more tunes I can hear that are freshly minted. Grinding their way out of the speakers like pepper going through the mill, there is an earthy fresh zest that captivates the audience as the growling guitar mutters malcontent whilst bass and percussion rumble across the room and a scoured vocal sheers its way around the ceiling.
Hell Oh! is able to transition between slowly paced pieces and hurried rattling windows with confidence as the quartet deliver music that emits connectivity with the listener whilst the garage rock influenced psychedelia wraps the mind in energy that draws in the ears.
From foot stomp, to laying supine Hell Oh! maintains a scruffiness into which it isn’t possible but to find appealing. The quartet is able to provide music which relies on careful composition as the textures build, yet provide the ears with easy to understand sounds that inject themselves into the bloodstream.
We’ve Got Nothing To Say But A Song is available on bandcamp.
Enema Noise is the alt-rock quartet of Murilo Barros (Guitar), Rafael Lamim (Guitar / Vocal), Daniel Freire (Drums) and João Morais (Bass) from Brasilia in Brasil.
Enema Noise – alt-rock from Brazil
Cloaking the room in an ominous presence Enema Noise deliver what can perhaps best be described as angry psychedelia. Pressing on at some trot the quartet allow their music to breathe by cleverly cutting away instrumentation only to fold it back into the track giving the developing sounds a foaming temperament.
The resulting out-put holds considerable interest to the audience as the two guitars seemingly melt into the compositions as a bad tempered percussion rages like a feral cat and the bass swoops akin to a hammer to batter the speakers as the subsumed vocal imploringly peers from the maelstrom. Tracks rarely reach the three minute mark yet are so packed with activity that it is difficult to believe that to be the case.
Enema Noise have three releases behind them dating back to 2012, their first being a split EP with Valdez and I look forward to their next stage of development.
The split EP and the current LP manual pouco prático do desapego, which came out in January, both contain the track eu preferi perder (the latter version being one second longer) are available from their bandcamp store as is, of significant difference, a live five track EP released in 2013 árvore monstro ao vivo which was far more experimental and contained scant vocal -running for twenty three minutes.
Bent.vi from Macaé in Brazil is the alt-rock quartet of Luiz Bento (Vocals/Guitar), David Dinucci (Guitar), Lucas Caetano (Drums) and Wallace Santos (Bass).
The immutable pressures of life resonate through the angst riven music that is Bent.vi. Creating sounds which have a palpable feeling of impeding gloom and panic the quartet transfer those anxieties to the listener in what are highly effective tracks.
Guitars flail around the room leaving flashing fuzzy streaks in their wake, whilst percussion and bass set an industrial framework and the vocal cries its story. Music which speaks of personal straights can’t but evoke a response from the audience and it is the ability of the players in Bent.vi to capture those thoughts and deliver them coherently, although challenging of the listener, that I particularly enjoy.
This is not music to take to a beach party, but certainly one for quieter more reflective moments, where their creations have a mesmeric attention grabbing force.
A recent LP their début appropriately named Pó de Vidro, which is a six track creation covering the cuts and abrasions of life is well worth getting hold of and is available on bandcamp.
La Burca from Bauru in Brazil is the alt-indie duo of Amanda (Vocal / Guitar) and Lucas (Drums).
La Burca have a stark sound which sears across the brain like a branding iron as the vocals flash like a swooping bird of prey. There is a terrifying anxiety that spills out of the speakers wrapping up the listener in the wrestle of conundrums. The angst riven sounds piercing the soul are apposite constructs that leave the audience reaching for the Valium as La Burca extrapolate relevant concerns inside a the duo who have the ability to express deeply held emotions within a skeletal frame.
Having headed over to Bauru with a population of under 350 000 three times one gets a sense of the frustrations of the local environs, which sit inside the jurisdiction of São Paulo where I am aware many will sit transfixed by the football later this year. Brazil has much to say politically as has been evidenced by the riots this past few months.
It is always a pleasure to write about bands who manage to encapsulate not just local concerns, but global complexities within such scant coat hanger formulations.
Thank you La Burca for doing what you do and long may you keep on doing it.