(All Album Reviews by jlneudorf)
The Brazilian psychedelic/space rock band Violeta de Outono formed in 1984 and released their debut self-titled release in 1987. Fast forward to the year 2007 and we have their latest release simply titled Volume 7 (their seventh studio studio). In the band are Fabio Golfetti (guitars, vocals), Gabriel Costa (bass), Claudio Souza (drums) and Fernando Cardosa (Hammond organ, piano, synths).
Although this review comes a little late, I am glad I got my hands on this release because it is very good. The band explores space/psychedelic and progressive rock with a slight jazz influence on some of the songs. The music is very melodic and has a definite retro ‘70s vibe reminding me of early Pink Floyd. Throughout the CD Golfetti’s spacey explorations on guitar are a main highlight. His use of textures and tone are superb and he also throws in some emotive leads that make every note count, opting for feeling rather than speed. His vocals are also quite pleasant matching up well with the dreamy textures and he has a decided laid back delivery similar to early ‘70s Roger Waters or David Gilmour. Vocals are in Portuguese and English (two tracks).
An intro of pretty guitar and piano begins “Além do Sol”, with its mid-tempo groove and dreamy keyboards. The organ work is outstanding as it is on the entire album. The languid “Caravana” emits a jazzier atmosphere with more stellar organ and a fluid bass line. There is an understated beauty running through the entire album that is hard to put into words but suffice to say I enjoyed this very much. “Broken Legs” has a ‘70s vibe and is just a solid melodic prog song with pleasant vocals and loads of Hammond. The psychedelic/spacey “Eyes Like Butterflies” has an early Floyd feel. Delicate cymbal work and keys slowly build leading to some fine lead guitar where the emphasis is on finesse rather than showy musicianship. For pure space rock bliss check out the outstanding “Pequenos Seres Errantes” with its darker edged synths and space driven guitar. “Ponto de Transicão” has the band returning to more Floyd inspired goodness with understated vocals and melodic piano before the spacey guitar textures settle in. The album’s last song is the jazzy “Fronteira” featuring percolating keyboards and fantastic swells of Hammond. Atmospheric guitar with a spacey edge and a Gilmour inspired solo complete the package.
I recommend Volume 7 to all fans of late ‘6os early ‘70s Pink Floyd and if you dig this be sure to check out Golfetti’s other gig - the Invisible Opera Project of Tibet , also reviewed on this site. Enjoy…