Babe, Terror // PREPARING A VOICE TO MEET THE PEOPLE COMING
It’s interesting that São Paulo, Brazil native Babe, Terror is calling this album PREPARING A VOICE TO MEET THE PEOPLE COMING because it’s really setting the stage for what is to come. He’s working on a major album that will be out later this year, and this release is meant to whet people’s appetite for that future release.
Right now PREPARING A VOICE is out on CD-R by Brazilian label Perdizes Dream, but it’s gonna hit stateside when it’s released on cassette by California label Glue Moon Records.
As far as the music itself, this stuff is like a deep pool of noise. You dive into this dark, cold world and kick furiously towards the bottom as you desperately search for treasure you swear you saw gleaming down there. Even though this experience requires work, the real reward is how it will stretch your lungs. Now bear in mind that this album is best experienced by headphones, so my advice would be to just put them on and let the darkness of this album wash over you.
So you can either buy the CD-R from Perdizes Dream or snag it digitally for $1 on his bandcamp.
check it: “MEASURABLE EYES”
Looking for Jenny // Random Walk EP
If there is one thing that I have come to associate with Brazilian label Transfusão Noise Records, it is just that: noise. Now this is not a bad thing, not at all. I happen to love noise and fuzz and reverb. I won’t go into the reasons why my brain loves all things lo-fi, just know that it does.
So when I’m craving some scuzz, Transfusão is one of the first places I look. I’ve discovered some amazing noisy Brazilian bands there, such as: Babe Florida, The John Candy, and Carpete Florido. Well, this week one such artist spared me the research by sending me his band’s EP. They are called Looking for Jenny and they really know where to put the fuzz. If you’re looking for some good noise pop to make your eardrums tingle, then look no further. You can download the nine-track EP for free on the label’s site.
badda boom: “I’ll Let You Fall”
The John Candy - Overdrive Beach
Remember when I told you that digging around on Transfusão Noise Records would only yield good things? I wasn’t lying. While scratching around in the sand over on the label’s site I downloaded The John Candy’s album Overdrive Beach and it is one of the best impulse decisions I could have made.
Hailing from (you guessed it) Brazil, these dudes were obviously raised on a healthy diet of 90’s alternative rock. Weezer. Pavement. Sonic Youth. You name it, the influences are there on the band’s collective sleeve (sometimes they even remind me of early Pinback). It’s such a great album that I’m surprised the band is generously giving it away for free. Since they are being such great guys, it would be criminal for you to ignore it. You can nab it from the label’s site or just click this link.
mp3: “Old School Drone”
mp3: “No No No”
Babe Florida - Vol. 1 EP
Hot off the beaches of Brazil comes Babe Florida. They, along with other bands like Top Surprise and Carpete Florido, are proof that the lo-fi noise scene is alive and well in South America. Vol. 1 is like a getting a shot to the arm. It’s quick and relatively painless, but it still leaves a mark on you. Most of the songs here don’t even surpass the one-minute mark, but it doesn’t even matter because they are short and sweet. They do what they set out to do, and then they are gone. No lingering. No point.
The EP is released through the Brazilian label, Transfusão Noise Records. Make sure that you visit and poke around on the site, because there is a ton more to discover than just Babe Florida on there. It’s literally a treasure trove of awesome stuff to dig up.
You can download the EP for free from the label’s site or the band’s myspace.
mp3: “Pé de Amoras”