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Symphonic Prog • Brazil


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Featuring on the current Brazilian scene, POÇOS & NUVENS is a band that is conquering more and more popularity among the prog scene world-wide. With great musicianship, the band uses a wide range of instruments, where violins and flutes compete for attention with great keyboards textures and extraordinary guitar arrangements. Many influences are present on their music, but it's obvious that JETHRO TULL and YES stand out here, as well as some Italian classics.

A blending of all those influences results on the finest symphonic music, having all the necessary ingredients in place to please every prog style's fans. Vocals are in Portuguese, bringing themes from southern brazil on the lyrics at many times. There are significant changes from song to song, keeping a fresh feel along the albums. The band showed great musicianship already at their debut album "Ano Veloz Outono Dentro" but the second release "Provincia Universo" features among the 10 top albums of 2001.
Highly recommended!

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3.64 | 11 ratings
Ano Veloz Outono Adentro
1998
3.25 | 5 ratings
Província Universo
2001

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3.98 | 8 ratings
Clouds On The Road
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Mexico
2012

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 Clouds On The Road by POÇOS & NUVENS album cover Live, 2012
3.98 | 8 ratings

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Clouds On The Road
Poços & Nuvens Symphonic Prog

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions and Crossover Team

4 stars Poços & Nuvens is a Brazilian band that was born with a unique desire, to unite Progressive Rock with the Folk music from the south of Brazil. The band released two albums that were highly praised among Proggers between 1998 and 2001, but after that the band pretty much fell apart and didn't do much apart from few shows every year.

In 2008 the band's vocalist and guitarist, Gérson Werlang, released a solo album called Memórias Do Tempo (2008) and made me think that the band was really over. But a couple of years later a live album was being prepared. In 2012 two live albums were released by the band. Live In Mexico (2012) that was recorded in 2004 on Baja Prog Festival and Clouds On The Road (2012), recorded in 2005 on the festival their label (Rock Symphony) used to organize. Clouds On The Road (2012) was released by Rock Symphony with Musea Records distribution in the end of last year and has a very interesting art by the Brazilian, Gustavo Sazes.

Clouds On The Road (2012) has a change in the band's line up, more precisely in the 'kitchen' area. On the record we have Chico Gonçalves (bass) delivering a great performance and Rodrigo Bernardon (drums and percussion) that had played on Gérson's solo album. The rest of the lineup is the same as their studio albums: Gérson Werland (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), Edgar Sleifer (guitar, flutes and vocals), Sávio Werlang (keyboards, accordion and vocals) and Iva Giracca (violin and vocals).

Poços & Nuvens' music always amazed me with the unique combination. Their lyrics are also fond to me. Being born in the south of Brazil I can understand and picture each and every one of their 'paintings'. But lyrics are not the only thing here. So, if you don't understand Portuguese, don't worry.

Clouds On The Road (2012) is pretty much based on their latest studio album, the great Província Universo (2001). About 75% of the live album comes from that album. In general, you have such a great concert, very well executed by the band with special mentions to Edgar's flutes, Iva's violins and the fragile and pretty vocals by Gérson. A shy kind of voice. On the other hand, Sávio sometimes delivers some really weak keyboards sounds here and there like in 'Vega' and 'A Sagração Do Outono', which is weird cause they're not like that on the original albums. But he also plays some pretty accordion on 'Dança Ao Crepúsculo' and 'Milonguita'.

You also have some songs that are a bit weird to their repertoire like 'Incenso E Chuva' and from their first album Ano Veloz Outono Adentro (1998) the double 'Todas As Estações' and 'Geração Perdida'. There are also some tracks that jump on you like 'Vindima E Ventania' (it has always been one of my favorites), 'Amanhecer' and 'Dança Ao Crepúsculo' and 'Milonguita'. Including the closing track 'Poços & Nuvens' that has a metal feeling but the great lines of violins changes it all.

Poços & Nuvens' Clouds On The Road (2012) is a marvelous opportunity if you don't know the band yet and would like to. Recommended!

(Originally posted on progshine.net)

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 Clouds On The Road by POÇOS & NUVENS album cover Live, 2012
3.98 | 8 ratings

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Clouds On The Road
Poços & Nuvens Symphonic Prog

Review by Tarcisio Moura
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Poços & Nuvens (wells & clouds in portuguese) is a prog band form Santa Maria, state of Rio Grande Do Sul, at the extreme south of Brazil. The people in there have their very own culture and history, with much influence of their spanish speaking neighbors of argentina, uruguay and paraguay. This group in particular does a great job unifying symphonic prog rock with popular music from their region. That is more evident when concerning their acoustic stuff, but not only. I had never heard of them before I got this live album recommended by a friend. It was one of 2013´s best surprises so far.

For a live album I found the recording quality to be nothing short of excellent, with every instrument and voice very well mixed and balanced, you can hear everything. The musicians are outstanding, showing great musicanship and versatility through the whole 73 minutes CD running time. Among the members we have a girl who plays some mean violin and one of the guitarrist also doubles on very good flute, providing the basic sound of guitar/keyboards/bass/drums with fantastic dynamics and variations. Most of the songs are also excellent stuff, much in the vein of the classic bands fo the 70´s (Yes, Jethro Tull, Kansas and ELP comes to mind while listening). That latter feature extends even into the lyrics, with much "hippie idealism" onto them. The only thing that really bugs me are the vocals: not bad, but just too plain and weak, miles away from their stunning instrumental prowness. That something seems to plague almost every prog band in Brazil: they probably think that anyone who can carry a tune can be a singer. On the folky, acoustic parts, maybe they can, but with the more elaborated, electric parts, where the demands of a technical vocalist with a wider range is evident, this is sorely missing. But that´s about the only glinch I could find and it doesn´t spoil the overall greatness of their work at any moment.

There are no real highlight here, all the tracks work very well. Some are better than the others, dependending on your personal taste, but none is weak. Personally I loved the longer tracks like Incenso E Chuva and Poços E Nuvens where tha band could exercise their obvious virtuosity with more freedom, but without causing any boredom to the listener.

All in all I found Clouds On the Road to be an excellent album: a tight band playing excellent music with a perfect production and astonishing perfomances. Their mix of symphonic prog rock and brazilian southern folk made their music sound both original and familiar at the same time. A very nice surprise that deserves a full 4 star rating (it would be 5 stars, if they had a better singer). Highly recommended!

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 Ano Veloz Outono Adentro by POÇOS & NUVENS album cover Studio Album, 1998
3.64 | 11 ratings

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Ano Veloz Outono Adentro
Poços & Nuvens Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

4 stars Progressive rock needs bands like this one!POCOS & NUVENS were formed in 1986 in the city of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul,South Brazil and started as a trio,before becoming a quintet through the years to come.The blending of progressive rock with traditional Brazilian and generally Latin-American tones was quite imaginative,however it wasn't until 1996,when the band entered the studio to record their first release.This would come up under the title ''Ano veloz outono adentro'' in 1998.

An excellent album indeed,in ''Ano veloz outono adentro'' every single instrument is carefully used in order not to spoil the album's balance between folk rock and symphonic rock.Violins, flutes, accordeons and plenty of acoustic guitars create a mellow and dreamy soundscape for lovers of pastoral musicianship with influences coming from compatriots BACAMARTE and even Italian prog legends like PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI or CELESTE.Those Brazilian folk melodies are absolutely majestic and -according to the band's members -the fact, that they live near the borders with Argentina, had also a big impact on their sound.All this traditional sounds are supported by the symphonic flavor created by Gerson Werlang's smooth guitar playing and sensitive solos,the slow piano passages and the nice synth work,not far from the style of TEMPUS FUGIT.The combination is definitely more than charming,the interplays between electric and acoustic instruments show a band with great talent and you should also add both the male and female vocal work in a very emotional style to complete a stunning first step for the band into the progressive rock field.

POCOS E NUVENS are definitely a band to watch and one of the few bands around with the potential to create a future masterpiece!Definitely essential,followed by a solid 4 star rating!

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 Ano Veloz Outono Adentro by POÇOS & NUVENS album cover Studio Album, 1998
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Ano Veloz Outono Adentro
Poços & Nuvens Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars This is the debut album by Brasilian five piece band Pocos & Nuvens. Their sound is a captivating blend of folk and symphonic rock: the one moment you are dreaming away on a violin, acoustic guitar or bandolim (Latin-American accordeon), the other moment you will be stunned by exciting accellarations featuring fluent drums, fiery electric guitar, Jehtro Tull inspired flute work or flashy synthesizer runs. Other interesting elements are instruments like the Krumhorn (UK band Gryphon used it often) and the trombone. The 13 compositions sound tasteful and elaborate so if you are up to a Latin- American discovery, this one is recommended!


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 Província Universo  by POÇOS & NUVENS album cover Studio Album, 2001
3.25 | 5 ratings

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Província Universo
Poços & Nuvens Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
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3 stars This is a Brasilian six piece band with guest musicians. I'm pleased with the very alternating sound and wide range of instruments: a fluent rhythm with fiery electric guitar, violin and soaring keyboards in "Copla", twanging acoustic guitar, flute and a break with great interplay between keyboards, flute and electric guitar and in the final part slow synthesizer solo in "Víndima e Ventania", lots of breaks, shifting moods and splendid soli on guitar and keyboards in "Vega", a wonderful intro with twanging guitar, followed by a romantic climate and howling electric guitar in "Canção" and metal guitar and bombastic keyboards, many changing climates with splendid work on flute and violin in "Poços e Nuvens". The best composition is the very alternating and exciting "Incenso e chuva" featuring an intro with tablas and Fripperian guitar ("Discipline"-era), followed by a psychedelic atmosphere and lots of good musical ideas, very dynamic and captivating!

GOOD PROG FROM SOUTH- AMERICA!



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Poços & Nuvens Symphonic Prog

Review by geezer

4 stars Great Brazilian symphonic progressive with some folk influences. This band plays prog with beautiful melodies. The standout instrument is the flute by Edgar Sleifer. He also delivers some tasty trumpet (?) which ads a nice touch. My only problem is that the keyboards can't be heard well in the mix with the other instruments. But they play more the role of a background instrument in the music. The lead instruments are the flute and the electric guitar. There is also some cello, violin, trumpet and sax. Keyboard solos are mostly occasional and short. It's the flute that rules here (played in the Brazilian tradition).

Any weak tracks can't be found but there are not any mind-blowing numbers either. It is just very good stuff all the way. If I had to pick one track it would be "Vida na Terra", a driving number and showing their symphonic capabilities at its best.

Conclusion: A very impressive debut album.

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