Ciro Madd – Sleeping in the Rough Sea

RELEASE DATE: 13TH NOVEMBER 2012
CATALOG: PUG004
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ABOUT (ENGLISH)

Ciro Madd’s head is inhabited by sixties’ rock icons, flashbacks of children’s choir rehearsals, noises from his shoegazer youth and traces of many bad trips. In the 90’s, Ciro left his hometown to live in São Paulo, where he set up his bedroom studio in the basement of an Italian neighborhood. Surrounded by distortion pedals, fourtrack recorders and a piano from the XIX century, he has recorded the melodies that go through his mind, sculpting them as a grayish psychedelia of rare pop sensibility. Assembling some of these tracks produced over the 00’s, Sleeping in the Rough Sea, Ciro Madd’s debut, was just released by Pug Records, issued as free MP3, CD-Rs and expanded cassette.

Opening the album, Long Time, a gloomy ballad guided by keyboards, features Ciro on his original instrument. Laying lo-fi gems, he declares his sixties obsession in the whispered See You and in The Color of Your Mind, where vocal harmonies bring a little psychedelic color into a folk tune. Moving up from eighties indie pop to next decade power pop, Candy Song and The Call reveal his wonder for british guitar bands, what is confirmed by the plasticity of Experiment, with disorienting dream pop echoes. Closing the album, She’s Waiting For The Sunlight flirts with early progressive music, but, as on all other tunes, it maintains focus on an outstanding enough melody to compose a catchy song without depending on the arrangement involving it.

While Sleeping in the Rough Sea dialogues with current american bands influenced by Creation, it is safe to say that Ciro’s conception is independent from this movement, bearing singularities. Without many reflections on post-punk, Madd travels on his own to the 60’s, rescuing as obscure names as old-fashioned dinosaurs. However, his unpretentious pop appeal transcends discussions about influences, adding a certain freshness to what could sound nostalgic. Then, after 50 minutes, the 14-track album demystifies a supposed barrier between classic and alternative rock, which still separates two equally innocent groups: those who overestimate the past and those who celebrate any novelty.

For fans of Minks, Teenage Fanclub, Beach House, Tobin Sprout, Chris Cohen and George Harrison.

RELEASE (PORTUGUESE)

A cabeça de Ciro Madd é habitada por ícones do rock sessentista, flashbacks de ensaios em corais infantis, ruídos de sua adolescência shoegaze e resquícios de bad trips. Ainda nos anos 90, Ciro deixou o interior para morar em São Paulo, instalando seu bedroom studio no porão de um bairro italiano. Rodeado por pedais de distorção, gravadores fourtrack e um piano do século XIX, ele tem registrado as melodias que passam por sua mente, esculpindo-as sob forma de uma psicodelia acinzentada de rara sutileza pop. Reunindo algumas dessas faixas gravadas ao longo dos anos 00’s, Sleeping in the Rough Sea, debute de Ciro Madd, acaba de sair pela Pug Records, disponibilizado em MP3 gratuito, CD-R e uma versão estendida em k7.

Abrindo o disco, Long Time, uma balada soturna conduzida por teclados, apresenta Ciro em seu instrumento original. Enfileirando pérolas lo-fi, ele declara sua paixão pelos anos 60 na sussurrada See You e em The Color of Your Mind, onde harmonias vocais pincelam cores psicodélicas ao folk. Evoluindo do indie pop oitentista ao power pop da década seguinte, Candy Song e The Call revelam a admiração pelas guitar bands britânicas, o que se confirma na plasticidade desorientante deExperiment, com ecos de dream pop. Fechando o álbum, She’s Waiting For The Sunlight flerta com os primórdios rock progressivo, porém, assim como nas demais, mantendo o foco na melodia, cuja força independe dos diferentes contornos estéticos que possa vir a adquirir.

Uma vez que Sleeping in the Rough Sea dialoga com a recente safra de bandas indies americanas influenciadas pela Creation, vale dizer que suas concepção é alheia a tal movimento, apresentando peculiaridades. Sem tantos reflexos do pós-punk, Ciro viaja por conta própria aos anos 60, resgatando tanto nomes obscuros quanto dinossauros antiquados. No entanto, a despretensão e genialidade pop do disco transcendem discussões sobre suas influências, conferindo certo frescor ao que poderia soar nostálgico. Então, passados 50 minutos, suas 14 faixas desmistificam uma suposta barreira entre rock clássico e alternativo, que ainda separa dois grupos igualmente inocentes: os que se apegam ao passado e os que celebram qualquer novidade.

Para fãs de Minks, Teenage Fanclub, Beach House, Tobin Sprout, Chris Cohen and George Harrison.