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Mabombe is an instrumental band formed in Recife in 2009, and their music is driven by free experimentation. Along their years of existence, this trio has been conducting a noble pursuit for art in its pure concept – a craving for signaling the unknown by venting their own feelings, even if these feelings are beyond words. Developing this line of work, their album Udubio, released in April 2014, may serve well as a gateway for the odd universe created by the band.
The album contains four long tracks and it is symbolically imposing, from its cover art to the very sound mixing. It was recorded between 2011 and 2013 at Base studio, Recife, featuring the band itself as the head of the production, and this evidences how carefully Udubio was conceived. Mixed by Arthur Soares and Carlos Carvalho and mastered by North-American Steve Berson, who has previously worked with groups like The Budos Band and Menahan Street Band, this album finds its equilibrium by subtly raising doubt and several other sentiments on the listener.
Udubio also takes you to a ride through analogic sonorities, tones and sensations. When we close our eyes, it becomes possible to cross the borders that separate the world which we live in from the desire amalgam that dwells under the mind of civilization. In practice, every definition of reality turns indefinite and unlimited as we move forward through Udubio’s universe. The track “Mãe das Bombas” [Mother of all Bombs], a twelve minute-long noise epic, represents the best path to the experimentation of Mabombe. The dynamics and sensibility on which this track’s melodic progression are built onto work almost as an access route to unknown and chance. An endless soniferous ride.
Udubio sure is transcendent, musically speaking – and this album’s art is as stunning as its sound. Conceived by photographer Marília Correia and featuring visual artist Thiago Trapo, Udubio’s design subverts human forms and opens a clear space for us to redefine what we really are. Using colors and movement, these artists managed to catch the eye of whoever stumbles upon their work, raising reflections that range from the origin of the panel itself to “where this kind of subjectivity comes from?”
Thus, operating under the scrupulous gaze of its members Antônio Marques (drums), Carlos Carvalho (guitar) and Victor Giovanni (bass), Mabombe debuts with a sharp blow. And, beyond that, channels the listener’s mind with a certain kind of fullness, the one we experience when we are facing a work of art created with care and devotion.