2014, Wed, Jul 09

Graveola

Graveola | © Tamas Bodolay

Graveola | © Tamas Bodolay

BBC 3 called them “neo-tropicalistas,” “21st century psychedelicists,” and even more poetically, “twisted Samba breakout subversives.” Put simply: Graveola e o lixo polifônico – to give them their full name – sound like a concept album from the Mamas and the Papas if they had given polyphonic expression to their longings in Belo Horizonte as opposed to L.A.

When they first started the sextet also integrated household appliances in their sound, now they serve up Sunshine-Pop harmonies, rock riffs, cannibalised carnival and a hint of old vinyl classics. Graveola are not just musical subversives, they are also “vocal critics” of corruption and the takeover of the country by the International Football Association. It is no coincidence that they also give solidarity concerts in the Favelas, with their “uniquely skewed indie aesthetic” (“Guardian”).