With seven years of activity, the São Paulo based group releases its ambitious project Anatema, which has been two years in the making. The 10-minute-plus songs, conceived by guitar player Erick Cruxen, were shaped and arranged in studio, where himself and their drummer Muriel Curi handled the production as real watchmakers.
The band is in the forefront of the burgeoning Brazilian post-rock scene. Multi-instrumentalists Daniel Fanta and Joaquim Prado, second drummer Matheus Barsotti, Nathan Bell playing the banjo and Vitor Visoná and Heijor Fujinami on cello and violin complete the group’s line up on this album – part of an ever changing line-up that varies from record to stage, from tour to tour.
Erick and Muriel, a couple as well as bandmates, gained experience working in their own studio, Dissenso. It was not by chance that sound engineer Greg Norman, who has worked with post-rock staples Pelican and Russian Circles, and was responsible for the mixing of Anatema, was amazed by the band’s recordings and brought the project to partner Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios, in Chicago. Shellac’s Bob Weston was in charge of mastering it.
Anatema is a vigorous conceptual opus without an ending or beginning. The six songs are linked to one another and the record is meant to be listened to as a whole. Taking influence from the likes of Godspeed!, Ennio Morricone, Brian Eno, ‘Anatema’ is further proof that – wherever you are in the world – there is an underground scene brimming with talent. You just have to find it.
After four EPs and compilations, Labirinto releases Anatema in grand style on Dissenso Records, with deluxe packaging and international distribution. This will be there first UK release. On CD, each song gets a specific booklet featuring artwork by João Ruas, cover artist of the famed comic “Fables”. On double vinyl the illustrations come in full-size print inside the gatefold sleeve.
With their record release and upcoming tours in the USA and Europe, and a place at the influential NXNW event, it will not be surprising if Labirinto ends up another highlight of the global post-rock scene. The curse is cast.