Spaces’, their ninth studio album, fulfills a trilogy started with 2007’s ‘Volume 7’, and consolidates the current phase of the band, a quartet, instead of the post-punk tinged psychedelic trio of the 1980’s. Founding member Fabio Golfetti keeps the band’s sound unity with his atmospherically psychedelic guitar playing, reminiscent from the best of space rock, and his ethereal vocals. Gabriel Costa, in the band since 2005, delivers unquiet, shapeshifting bass lines, in constant movement. José Luiz Dinola, who joined Violeta de Outono in 2011, brings rhythmic improvement with technical excellence, and Fernando Cardoso, who integrated this new line-up early in 2005, weaves his textures on organ, piano & synth with erudite sophistication.
The new album introduces seven compositions and highlights two long tracks: “Imagens”, the album opener, a group-composed four-movement suite, and “Cidade Extinta”, the album closer, which gathers thematic elements from the band’s early years, transposed to the current compositional style. The ballad “Kevinland” exhibits melodical and lyrical simplicity, while the instrumental “Parallax T-Blues” offers a cosmic trip through layers of piano and glissandos, which lie upon hypnotic patterns rhythms. “Flowers on the Moon” was penned by Fernando Alge, from whom the group had already borrowed a few compositions on previous albums, and who makes a guest appearance on the song, contributing to it some of his inspired guitar playing. “A Painter of the Mind” is a promenade through the universe of swiss artist Paul Klee, being its lyrics constituted by excerpts from his poems. From Paul Klee comes also the inspiration for the album’s visual concept, based upon one of his drawings.
‘Spaces’ was recorded and mixed at MOSH Studios, São Paulo, during the autumn of 2016, by Alex Angeloni; mastered by Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering, London, and produced by Fabio Golfetti.
Release date: 14 October 2016
Fabio Golfetti Guitar, Vocal
Gabriel Costa Bass
Fernando Cardoso Organ, Piano, Synth
José Luiz Dinóla Drums
Fernando Alge Guitar, Backing Vocal on “Flowers On The Moon”
Recorded at Mosh Studios, São Paulo, Autumn 2016
Additional recordings at Seven Keys and Schevano Studio
Engineered and mixed by Alex Angeloni
Mastered by Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering, London
Light Show images by Modular Dreams
Artwork by Invisivel, original sketch by Paul Klee
All lyrics by Fabio Golfetti, except “A Painter Of The Mind”, inspired by Paul Klee’s poems, and “Flowers On The Moon”, by Fernando Alge
All arrangements by Violeta de Outono
Produced by Fabio Golfetti