exclusive: let boogarins alter your consciousness with new single
By Nathan Leigh
May 10, 2019
I remember being shocked the first time I really listened to the Grateful Dead. “THIS?” I demanded of my pet frog Biggie who was smart enough not to respond, “This is the great psychedelic band? It just sounds like Crosby, Stills, and Nash but with shaggier harmonies and longer guitar solos.” Though I eventually came around to Jerry and Co (don’t interrupt me when I’m listening to “Terrapin Station” if you know what’s good for you), in that moment I immediately understood that there are two kinds of psychedelia: music meant to be experienced under an altered mental state, and music that makes you feel like you are. The Dead are the former. Brazil’s Boogarins falls squarely in the later camp.
Dinho’s swirling vocal melodies seem to defy gravity, while the band has never met an instrument that didn’t need more reverb. Meanwhile, surprisingly human digital glitches swipe at the corners of the stereo field. It’s a seamless blending of digital and natural, surreal and grounded, that leaves you questioning your perception of reality, or at the very least invites you to re-evaluate it.
Their latest single “Dislexia ou Transe / Passeio” has a clear link to its 1960’s forebears with a 12 string guitar jangling into the atmosphere beneath waves of fuzz. Built out of two tracks from the band’s forthcoming Sombrou Dúvida (out May 10th), it’s a song that begs to be listened in headphones in a darkened room. The washed out video flirts with lo-fi digital imagery that updates the hallucinogenic projected backdrops of the the late 60’s for the smartphone age, with an absurdist sense of humor. This is not something you want to put on in the background, it’s an experience.
Guitarist Benke Ferraz tells us “I always had this wish of shooting a video where Ynaiã’s drumming would conduct the feel of the rest of the video… I think that’s a great look! How he beat the drums with his straight stance and it was enough for me to create a video. Everything was created around that idea and even the fact we decide to join two songs in one video was because of how good the drum beat sound (and look) on both. Rollinos came with the goofy subtitles which is great for communicating with the non-Portuguese audience without just translating the lyrics in a weird English way.”
“Dislexia ou Transe” and “Passeio” hail from Sombrou Dúvida out May 10th on OAR. Pick up your copy here.
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