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New brazilian shoegaze playlist

Following the release of “Real” by Frabin, we decided to put together some music videos of other brazilian bands that recently put out new songs. We named it “new brazilian shoegazer” which is quite pretentious but may guide you through amazing new songs by Loomer, Fish Magic, Lava Divers, My Magical Glowing Lens and others.


Most of these bands are on midsummer madness and, if you like what you see, try listening to their full albuns:
Frabin – Real - https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/real
rabin – Selfish  - https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/selfish

Lava Divers - https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/lava-divers

Churrus – Transcontinental - https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/transcontinental

Loomer – You Wouldn’t Anyway - https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/you-wouldnt-anyway-2

Fish Magic – Songs From the Night Shift - https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/songs-from-the-night-shift

Posted on 12/06/2015 9:31

Spotlight on Frabin


Victor Fabri was born in 1994. This same year, we, midsummer madness, were converting ourselves from a fanzine into a record label. In 2013, Victor begun writing his own material outside his friend’s band, Rascal Experience. Living in Florianopolis, a paradise city in an island in the south of Brazil, he chose to build a home studio and lock himself in.

(Well, in 1994, we opted to stay in copying cassetes instead of being in the sunny beaches of Rio de Janeiro. So, there’s no generation gap here!)

Victor Fabri renamed his solo writings as Frabin and recorded 4 songs to test his home studio. Doing everything alone, the obvious title would be “Selfish”. Released in july 2014, the EP was faceted at Ranch Mastering, same place where “Humbug” by the Arctic Monekys, “King of the Beach by Wavves and “Plastic Beach” by Gorillaz were finished. This is to show that the kid wasn’t playing around.

Adapted to his home studio, Frabin recorded 12 songs between march and july 2015 and those became “Real“, his debut album. With 2 songs in portuguese, Victor wanted a bilingual title and “Real” works both in english and in portuguese. This time he chose to master with Rob Grant, in Poon’s Head Studios, Perth, Australia. Going around the world for final touchs had a reason: “Besides quality, I wanted someone that worked with bands I like such as Tame Impala and Melody’s Echo Chamber”, explains Victor, “and I’ve found that Rob is the finest, easy-going kind of guy I could ever met“.

When Frabin says Tame Impala, we hear Ride. When he mentions Melody’s Echo Chamber, we think of Stone Roses and Chapterhouse. The result is a beautiful, danceable, happy and soulful album called “Real”, that we are proud to put out together with brazilian label Balaclava.

It’s Real, out now in digital and soon in CD.

Listen and buy at:

Posted on 11/22/2015 14:38

The Gilbertos in Bandcamp’s curator-chief podcast


The Gilbertos’ “Haroldo”, a new song released as a single, appears in Andrew Jervins, Bandcamp’s curator-chief podcast last week.
Have a listen: http://bandcamp.com/?show=149&play=1

Posted on 11/02/2015 11:47

Under the influence… Fish Magic

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Mario Quinderé, the brain and voice of Fish Magic, organized a playlist with the sounds that inspired him to compose his debut “Songs From The Night Shift”. Along with seminal influences like New Order, Lloyd Cole and R.E.M., Mario scanned through some new names like Trailer Trash Tracys and Tim Hardin and some unexpected songwriters like Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Sam Cooke.

Get to know Fish Magic’s influences: http://www.deezer.com/playlist/1465970417
And this is Fish Magic:
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/9906454
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Blmlpodue35p7omdn2mlot3igim
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id976384049
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Qj4XdVo/
Spotify: http://open.spotify.com/album/6zT2C4kygeXLfecp3MbVp3

Posted on 11/02/2015 11:39

Lautmusik´s new album: The Cure and DC Comics


Lautmusik is releasing their 2nd album entitled “Juniper” today.
It will be available in digital and CD formats.

The album features 10 new tracks, produced by brazilian Eduardo Suwa that worked with the band in their previous album, “Lost in the Tropics” (2011).

Cover art was designed by Marcos Rudy who works for Marvel and DC Comics and often includes images linked to Lautmusik in Batman/Superman and Spiderman comics (see pictures below).

In 2011, Lautmusik opened gigs in Brazil for Radio Dept, A Place to Bury Strangers and was selected by Robert Smith himself to open The Cure´s show at São Paulo. “Juniper”, the new album, started being recorded in 2013 but soon Alessandra (vocalist) moved to the US to study. The band continued recording until Ale came back, in 2015, to finish the album.

This new album sounds like a mix of Siouxsie & the Banshees singing over a M83 or a speeded-up Mogwai instrumental. Have a try:

Digital album is available at https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/lautmusik-juniper  (hi-res mp3, flac and aiff – streaming and name your price digital sale)
http://mmrecords.com.br/lautmusik (streaming and three free tracks at 192 kbps)

Google Playhttps://play.google.com/store/music/album/Lautmusik_Juniper?id=Breky7xccg3mw5jpqpnfbk2icou
Deezer: http://www.deezer.com/album/11422518
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Qj4dnxs/

Posted on 10/12/2015 12:59

Fishing on England’s 80s post punk scene: new brazilian band Fish Magic debuts with 8 track album

1994 was a magical year in Fortaleza, northeast of Brazil. An american US Air Force base during the WWII, the city lives a musical efervescence with guitar bands like Dead Poets, Velouria and Dago Red. Mário Quinderé fronted Dead Poets, a Echo-and-the-bunnymen-inspired teenage band. After one demo tape and a split album with Velouria, Dead Poets ended in 2000.

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Twenty years later, now living in Rio de Janeiro, Mário Quinderé puts out his solo album with 8 songs “Songs From The Night Shift”, his first release under the name Fish Magic.  The band’s name comes from a paint of the swiss painter Paul Klee (1879/1940) and the record breaks a 10 year hiatus since its last recordings.

Working as a journalist in a daytime job, Mario seized his nights to arrange these songs, recording all instruments and risking on unusual instruments like flutes, glockenspiel and wurlitzer. There’s hope in 80′s post punk music like the opening track “In a Heartbeat”, there’s solar joy in “Pristine”, angst in the noisy “The High Hand”, juvenile love in “Moonrunner”, the passing of time as folk song in “Where the Summer Nights Go Blue” and also college rock vibe in “Season of Wonder”.

The old friend Regis Damasceno (from brazilian bands Mr. Spaceman, Cidadão Instigado, Marcelo Jeneci) played bass and produced the album. Their partnership is reassured in the remake of a  20 year old song “All For Nothing”, a track from Regis old band, Velouria, here in a new minimalist version with piano and strings.

Closing ”Songs From The Night Shift”, an electronic ballad “Ether” features brazilian chanteuse Bárbara Eugenia.

Released only in digital format, “Songs From the Night Shift” is available in streaming

Fish Magic - iTunes - http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id976384049
Fish Magic - Rdio - http://rd.io/x/Qj4XdVo/
Fish Magic - Deezer – http://www.deezer.com/album/9906454
Fish Magic - Spotify – http://open.spotify.com/album/6zT2C4kygeXLfecp3MbVp3

Listen, support and buy Fish Magic here

Posted on 05/31/2015 22:01

Spotlight on My Magical Glowing Lens


My Magical Glowing Lens started as a one-girl-band. In the end of 2013, Gabriela Deptulski, recorded her eponymous EP with 4 songs.  It’s opening track “Dreaming Pool”, with distorted drum & bass, full of guitar and vocal layers, reminds us of a 60′s psychodelic combo. Before any more words, watch this:

The other three songs go on the same flow: “Summer Nowhere” starts on a ultra-distorted guitar drivell as the drums kicks in changing radically its melody to clean and mellow. Home recording charms are audible in “I Will Never Find” as Gabriela whispers and laughs.  “All Right” is a cross of Tame Impala and Sonic Youth circa “Experimental Jet Set”.

With so many good references and impressive home recording, Gabriela’s My Magical Glowing Lens gets brazilian music press attentions: “shoegaze with dream pop lightness, a space chill-out” wrote Trabalho Sujo; Brazil’s biggest internet portal wrote: “astonishing psychodelia that, if listened with close eyes can slow your heart beats”.

Closing 2014, MMGL’s recorded “Windy Streets” with New Yorkers The Post Nobles. At the same time, Gabriela recruited Pedro Moscardi to play bass and keyboard; Raími Leone  to guitar and Rafael Borges to drums. Now she’s on the road playing her first full band gigs around Brazil. Her first EP is out on cassete tape through Honeybomb Records, while the CD version includes “Windy Streets”.

You can listen and buy “Windy Streets” here.
You can listen and download My Magical Glowing Lens first EP with four songs here.

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Posted on 05/31/2015 21:23

Limited edition cassete for The Gilbertos new album

Finally available, The Gilbertos´ latest album cassete version.


Featuring 10 songs, lyrics sleeve and a download code for hi-res digital files. “Um Novo Ritmo Vai Nascer” cassete can be bought at https://midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/album/um-novo-ritmo-vai-nascer

It’s a limited edition cassete tape of 108 copies. So, buy yours before it’s too late.


Posted on 05/31/2015 20:46

Rewinding brazilian MPB to 1978: The Gilberto’s new album


The Gilbertos‘ fourth album was released last thursday: Um Novo Ritmo Vai Nascer (translates to A New Rhythm Will Be Born) is Thomas Pappon’s new studies on the mix between brazilian sounds and european rock. This new record features 10 new songs recorded in London, where Thomas lives and works, and São Paulo, where most of his musical partners live.

Thomas used to play in several bands in São Paulo during the 1980′s: he played drums for Smack and Voluntários da Pátria, and later composed most of Fellini‘s songs in the 3 seminal albums. All these bands were brought to international attention in 2005 when SoulJazz Records released “The Sexual Life of the Savages”, a compilation of underground brazilian post punk bands. Living in Europe since 1992, Thomas organized his solo songs under The Gilbertos, a name he chose to explain the simplicity and the blend of brazilian and european sounds.

The Gilbertos’ first album came out in 1999, through midsummer madness. Os Eurosambas 1992-1998 are a collection of compositions Thomas wrote during his first years far from Brazil and from his former band, Fellini. This record was received in Brazil as the missing link between post-punk and the new brazilian rhythms. Local bands such as Chico Science & Nação Zumbi, Planet Hemp and Mundo Livre always mentioned Thomas’ Fellini as their main influence.

After a relative acknowledgement of Eurosambas, Thomas and Cadão reunited Fellini for one last record: in 2001, their 5th album, after a decade, Amanhã É Tarde (translates to Tomorrow is Late). They played some festivals in Brazil, including an opening act for White Stripes and Super Furry Animals at Tim Festival 2003. But, after that, as Thomas always emphasizes, nothing happened and Fellini disbanded again. Ironically, their first record, released in 1984, was titled “O Adeus de Fellini” (Fellini’s Goodbye). A common step in their careers.

Three years later, in 2004, The Gilbertos’ Deite-se Ao Meu Lado was released, again through midsummer madness. The album features 10 songs, including a special appearance of Sean O’Haggan (from Stereolab) in the track “Dia D”, as well as Akira S, former Akira S e As Garotas Que Erraram helping on production. Deite-se… sounds more brazilian, with bossa nova and samba defining the path to the songs.

The turning point to rocker songs came with the third album, À Noite Sonhamos (Tonite We Dream). Thomas described it as “inspired in 70′s rock and adolescence”. This album brought Thomas to Brazil for unusual 4 shows;  he always recorded at home, in his bedroom or garage in London and then contacted brazilian friends to help. Putting a band together was never easy, and rare gigs were always a holiday fun. Whenever Thomas comes to Brazil to visit family or to work, there’s a chance of an album coming out.


And that’s exactly what happened in the southern summer of 2014: Thomas was sent to hometown São Paulo for some working months and saw the chance of putting out another collection of songs that have been being recorded for the last three years: Um Novo Ritmo Vai Nascer. And this new rhythm fuses electrofolk with european post punk and “a good mix of rock and MPB from late 1970′s that was lost“, as Thomas explains. The Gilbertos’ fourth album features again 10 songs, and this time, with other 6 helping hands: live, the band has a steady formation that includes Lauro Lelis (ex Tom Zé drummer), Ricardo Salvagni (former Fellini bass player) and Astronauta Pinguim on the keyboards (picture above).

As a sign of the times, this new album is released only in digital and cassete tape. The digital album is out here, at midsummer madness, for free in 192 kbps mp3, and in higher resolutions here (wave, aiff and mp3 320 kbps). The cassete version is a 108 copies limited edition and will be available in late january 2015.


Listen to all The Gilbertos’ albums for free: mmrecords.com.br/the-gilbertos
Buy digital versions of The Gilbertos’ albums: midsummermadness.bandcamp.com
Buy digital versions of The Gilbertos’ albums at Amazon: Eurosambas 1992-1998  and Deite-se Ao Meu Lado
Buy CD from The Gilbertos: midsummermadness.bandcamp.com/merch

Listen and Buy at
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id952772580
Rdio: http://rd.io/x/Qj4TXI0/


Posted on 12/21/2014 16:32

New brazilian bedroom dream pop scene


Frabin in his island bedroom

In the last few months we were delighted to enter some bedrooms all over Brazil and discover some nice new music. The latest is Frabin, a 20 year old one-man-band from Florianopolis, an idyllic island in the south of Brazil. Frabin is Victor Fabri’s alter-ego. He has just released a 5 song EP entitled “Selfish” (quite apropriate) where he plays all the instruments. Of course he does: you don’t call people into your bedroom to record music but for other better purposes.

“Selfish” was mastered at the The Ranch Mastering, where “Humbug” (Arctic Monkeys), “King Of The Beach” (Wavves), “Plastic Beach” (Gorillaz ) and “Thank You Happy Birthday” (Cage The Elephant) were polished.


Gabriela’s Magical Glowing Lens

The other bedrooms are scattered all over Brazil that we visited: two in Rio de Janeiro, the bossa-nova meets lo-fi from Luisa Mandou Um Beijo’s guitarrist, A Última Peça and the twee + 80′s jangle pop of The Electric Lo Fi Seresta. First on the series was My Magical Glowing Lens, another dreampop-psychedelic bedroom from Colatina, southeast of Brazil.

We are not K Records but we do love them!


Posted on 10/18/2014 12:28