Camaleao Borboleta


Graveola's third album Camaleão Borboleta is fired with socially conscious lyrics concerning the power of the internet, native Brazilian-Indian struggles and issues around marijuana legalization. Graveola's unique brand of alt-pop sees tropicalia, samba, "rock Brasileira" and Brazilian folk rhythms cannibalize international genres to create strange hybrids they've labelled "psychedelic maracatu", "shamanic funaná", "weird salsa", "schizo-rock-fake-reggae" and "melancholic internet love ballad" - all examples of Graveola's "carnival cannibalism" approach to making music. Oddball arrangements recall Os Mutantes in their prime with naïve melodies, a hazy sensibility and Brazilian folk rhythms giving their music a distinctly Brazilian take on indie that ranks them as torchbearers of the new alt-tropical movement in South America, alongside acts such as Meridian Brothers and Juana Molina. The band has been heavily involved in recent "occupations" of government buildings against what they consider a coup in Brazil. Album opener "Maquinário" is a "psychedelic maracatu" (a rhythm from the north of Brazil) and a song about personal transformation where airplanes ask butterflies for the wind that makes them fly and vice versa. "Índio Maracanã" is a "shamanic funaná" (a Cape Verdean rhythm) inspired by the native Brazilian Indians who occupied the former native Indian museum in Rio in 2014 to try and prevent it being demolished in the lead-up to the World Cup. The group are joined by Samuel Rosa (Skank) on "Talismã", where the narrator lists various symbols that he encounters on a journey to personal freedom. "Tempero Segredo" is José Luis Braga's "tribute to all the herbs that increase levels of awareness". José also wrote "Sem Sentido" which features a mix of rhythms popular from the north of Brazil such as frevo and bolero and talks about the enabling power the internet offers people. "Aurora", "Costi" and "Back in Bahia" were written by Brina. She describes "Aurora" as "a sexy-Latin arrocha (Bahian rhythm) that's a love letter to the Spanish sea with a chorus in 12/8" and "Costi" as "a tribute to my Spanish cousin's 90 year old socialist and feminist grandmother". With a nod to the Gilberto Gil, "Back in Bahia" is, according to Luiza, a "collapsed bossa" that features polyrhythms from the Argentinian music style chacarera. Recorded in the band's hometown of Belo Horizonte under guidance from legendary Brazilian producer Chico Neves (Céu, Lenine) the six-piece have deliver their most electric, compelling work to date, a decade since their formation.