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VIOLETA DE OUTONO

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Brazil


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Sporadic meetings in a basement in the district of Pinheiros, São Paulo/Brazil, originated the band formed by Fabio Golfetti, Claudio Souza (ex-members of the first formation of the band Zero) and Angelo Pastorello. The sound, a result of the integration of psychedelic/progressive rock and elements of contemporary art such as architecture and visual arts influenced by bands like PINK FLOYD, BEATLES, GONG and many others.

Psychedelic rock band lined-up in 1984 in São Paulo, they started making a reputation in the underground scene in the next year, when they recorded a demo tape with the songs "Outono", "Dia Eterno", "Declínio de Maio" and "Reflexos da Noite". The tape got heavy rotation on alternative radio stations in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. In 1986, they recorded a three-track EP on Wop Bop Discos and signed up to RCA (currently BMG) in 1987, releasing the debut album "Violeta de Outono". After the package named "The Early Years" (comprised of a cassette tape, a EP and a libretto), the follow-up album, "Em Toda Parte", came about in 1989. In 1991, vocalist and guitarist Fábio Golfetti left the band to dedicate to the instrumental project Ópera Invisível, releasing a solo album, "Glissando Spirit", two years later on the label Low Life. VIOLETA made a comeback in 1994, recording new demo tapes and a new album, but they ended up releasing "Eclipse", with live recordings from 1986. The album with new songs, "Mulher na Montanha", was released in 1999 on the English label Voiceprint, featuring recordings made four years before.

The Early Years collects material recorded in April and May 1988, before Brazilian progressive rock outfit VIOLETA DE OUTONO released its first album. The five tracks on this CD are covers of psychedelic/prog songs. Included are the ROLLING STONES, PINK FLOYD, GONG," George Harrison and a medley of FLOYD and LED ZEPPELIN. Interpretations are also quite average and stay close to the originals. This CD is clearly for the fan or the collector of South American prog/psych music.

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3.99 | 21 ratings
Violeta De Outono
1987
3.04 | 6 ratings
Em Toda Parte
1989
3.20 | 11 ratings
Woman On The Mountain
1999
3.60 | 10 ratings
Ilhas
2005
3.93 | 39 ratings
Volume 7
2007
4.01 | 116 ratings
Espectro
2012
4.34 | 9 ratings
Spaces
2016

VIOLETA DE OUTONO Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.56 | 3 ratings
Eclipse Ao Vivo
1995
4.25 | 4 ratings
Live At The Rio ArtRock Festival '97
2001

VIOLETA DE OUTONO Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Violeta de Outono & Orquestra
2006

VIOLETA DE OUTONO Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.69 | 4 ratings
Violeta De Outono Compilation
1995
0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Years Complete
2000

VIOLETA DE OUTONO Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Memories
1987
2.44 | 4 ratings
Early Years
1988
0.00 | 0 ratings
2002/2003 Sessions (CD-EP)
2003

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 Spaces by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.34 | 9 ratings

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Spaces
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

5 stars Violeta De Outono, since 2007, has been releasing fantastic records, one after the other. It is an undeniable fact that the band compose and release albums at a very slow pace (this is their fourth album since their return in 2005), but we have to take into account that Fabio Golfetti has been touring with Gong, before and after Daevid Allen death, and he is now an official member of the band, having release a record and touring with them.

That aside, Spaces (2016) comes packed with the wonderful trademark sound of the band, the kind of sound that is influenced by the Canterbury Sound and bands like Caravan and Camel. But its psychedelic early-career essence, dating back to early-Pink Floyd records, are still present, and that is what makes Violeta De Outono so unique.

It is good to see Gabriel Costa (bass) getting more space and to see his soloing in the opening track ('Imagens'), it is also good to see that the organ of Fernando Cardoso is still the essential skeleton to the band's music. But of course Fabio Golfetti remains the face of Violeta De Outono with his calm and soft voice and his atmospheric guitar.

Overall it is difficult to review an album like Spaces (2016), not because it is bad, on the contrary, but because the tracks pass through your ears and get etched into your mind, making you fall into a trance, and at that moment you see yourself shaking your head to the rhythmic sound of José Luiz Dinóla's drum beat (paired with Gabriel's hypnothic bass lines) while the floating sounds of the organ and guitar simply take you to another dimension.

'A Painter Of The Mind' is a perfect example, I prefer Violeta De Outono singing in Portuguese, but this song, sung in English, is the perfect example of what I said above. However it is quite possible that 'Cidade Extinta' is my favorite track of the album. The track is highly Progressive but with that melancholy 'a la' Caravan, while still having the DNA and soul of the band.

Highly recommended album for any lover of a good 'old-vintage' Prog.

 Spaces by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.34 | 9 ratings

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Spaces
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. What I love about this Brazilian band is how warm and beautiful the music is. Their "Volume 7" album is one of my all time favourites, it's so uplifting and emotional. The followup to that "Espectro" got away from that vibe quite a bit but it was still a very solid album while this the latest "Spaces" is a return to form in a way, but still a different shade in many ways as well. Fabio's voice and guitar remain the constant thankfully, along with that floating organ. I can't get over how much this grew on me as well, it wasn't instant love by any means.

Imagens" is a top three for me as we get 12 minutes of the warm music I was talking about. Drums and organ standout in the intro before it settles into a groove very quickly. Some nice prominent bass here as the organ floats along and the guitar plays over top. Electric piano and drums lead for a while then the organ and bass are back out front. A calm around 2 1/2 minutes in, man this is good. Vocals for the first time just before 4 minutes. The vocals step aside as the organ and picked guitar take over before 6 1/2 minutes. It turns spacey around 7 1/2 minutes then these driving drums kick in with synths and more. Keys only after 10 minutes before the drums, guitar then organ return.

"Kevinland" has a light soundscape of strummed guitar as reserved female vocals join in along with piano. There's a feel good vibe from this one and the bass is upfront too. "Parallax T- Blues" features synths galore, in fact this is Electronic music all the way. I've not heard them do this before but I like it. This goes on for over 2 minutes when a driving rhythm kicks in out of nowhere. And I'm thinking CAMEL here! What? Maybe early GONG. But with spacey synths over top. So good! The guitar starts to solo over top after 3 1/2 minutes. A top three for sure.

"Imagens(Reprise)" is a short piece consisting of some intricate guitar sounds. "Flowers On The Moon" hits the ground running and with vocals too. Very "Volume 7" like right here as the organ floats over top. A bright and enjoyable track that brings me joy. "A Painter Of The Mind" opens with a guitar melody as the vocals join in and I'm smiling as we get the same mood as the previous tune. A calm before 3 minutes but it's brief as it kicks in again but no vocals this time until 3 1/2 minutes in with floating organ and more.

"Cidade Extinta" is my final top three and it opens with some very busy drum work as organ and guitar light it up. It calms right down with floating organ and reserved vocals join in. Nice bass 1 1/2 minutes in. Check out the sound a minute later as the vocals stop and the guitar, bass and organ impress. Synths follow as the drums continue to pound away. Vocals are back then we get this great sounding instrumental section with driving upfront bass lines, drums and organ. It settles after 5 minutes with melancholic synths and mood, my favourite part of the album and it lasts until after 7 1/2 minutes when it brightens back up. Another calm with piano, bass, organ and drums 8 1/2 minutes in and reserved vocals join in as well.

Without question one of my favourites from 2016 and for me their number two recording after "Volume 7".

 Violeta De Outono by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.99 | 21 ratings

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Violeta De Outono
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This was VIOLETA DE OUTONO's debut from 1987 and it's easy to hear the transformation of this band from this charming psychedelic album to some 20 years later when they released their master work(in my opinion) called "Volume 7" in 2007. This is like the blueprint of what was to come and I really dig this even if it doesn't have the same emotional attachment that "Volume 7" has for me. Love the cover art as well. These Brazilians were a three piece at this point playing a fairly straight forward style of music with vocals, guitar, bass and drums. Fabio the vocalist/ guitarist is also involved with THE INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET and is known for his Glissando guitar playing. Yes I'd say GONG, PINK FLOYD and the THE BEATLES certainly are reference points.

"Outono" features a main melody that reminds me a little of HAWKWIND's "Hurry On Sundown" song. The bass throughout this album is so in your face and I love it. The vocals and music are so uplifting and relaxing. "Declinio De Maio" is led by the guitar and drums early as the vocals join in. Such a feel good vibe here. Those massive bass lines join in as well and I really like the guitar 3 1/2 minutes in. Hey it's Fabio! "Faces" is one of my favourites. Strummed guitar and drugged out vocals to start. It's quite spacey a minute in as the vocals stop. Love this stuff. This mood lasts until the vocals return after 2 1/2 minutes then it turns spacey again 3 minutes in to the end. "Luz" is spacey as the guitar, bass and drums join in. Vocals are right behind and the rhythm section is urgent sounding but the rest is relaxed. The guitar starts to solo after 2 minutes. Nice.

"Retorno" is a short instrumental that's somewhat experimental. "Dia Eterno" has this frantic drum intro as the bass and guitar join in quickly. Vocals follow in this catchy number. "Noturno Deserto" opens with what sounds like vibes as the guitar joins in. Drums and a full sound arrive around a minute in. Vocals follow. I like the guitar 3 1/2 minutes in. "Sombras Flutauntes" is my favourite song on here. Ominous bass to start as cymbals then drums join in. Some guitar expressions follow and I like the way this is building. It then settles back into a groove at 4 1/2 minutes and I love the guitar tone here. A spacey calm ends it. "Tomorrow Never Knows" is a cover of THE BEATLES tune from "Revolver". Huge bass lines kick in followed by vocals as we get this spacey haze throughout.

A really solid debut from these Brazilians that will put you in a good mood guaranteed.

 Volume 7 by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.93 | 39 ratings

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Volume 7
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

4 stars Ever since I discovered this group with 2012's Espectro I have been in love. At the time my all-time favorite album from the classic "Canterbury Scene" was KHAN's Space Shanty and with Espectro I thought I was hearing a reincarnation of the one-off Hillage, Greenwood, Stewart & Peachy collaboration. Volume 7 only solidifies this feeling. While others note some kind of PINK FLOYD sound or feeling to them, I only hear the wonderful sounds of KHAN (and maybe a little CARAVAN). And yet, Brazil's Violeta De Outono, are a major force in and of themselves--and have been since the mid-1980s.

1. "Além do Sol" (5:20) introduces us to the nostalgic sound of this band with lightly picked arpeggios on the electric guitar, Hammond organ, bass and drums. The vocalist has a bit of a STEVE HILLAGE sound to his voice--which is lightly doused in reverb and mixed into the background (as it usually is). The first instrumental solo, taking place in the third minute, goes to the Hammond, followed by the HILLAGE-like guitar in the fourth minute. Neither are anything too extraordinary but both are so perfect in further enhancing the KHAN-like nostalgia feel. If KHAN had ever continued, this is what they would have sounded like. (10/10)

2. "Caravana" (4:34) opens with a mellow vocal section using a melody line familiar from Pink Floyd's "Breathe" before amping up into a full out Canterbury jam and then returning for the end to the opening section. Great organ and guitar play with solid support from the rhythm section. Great pre-digitized sound to the recording. (10/10)

3. "Broken Legs" (3:08) a fairly straightforward pop/rock song with some jazzy rhythm guitar work, 1960s sounding vocals and slide guitar work. Could be off of an early BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST or REO SPEEDWAGON album! (7/10)

4. "Eyes Like Butterflies" (6:02) opens with organ, picked electric guitar, flanged lead guitar strums, and slow-paced drumming. The bass almost has the melody lead--sometimes distracting me from the vocal. The chorus melody is gorgeous, if understated. Piano, organ, and Southern Rock-like lead guitar riffs pop out from time to time making this song a real pleasure from the standpoint of unpredictability. Really a cool composition--again one that could have come from an early 1970s blues rock band like the ALLMAN BROTHERS. (8/10)

5. "Em Cada Instante" (5:12) great Canterburian jam in the middle. (9/10)

6. "Pequenos Seres Errantes" (7:49) opens with some sliding guitar notes floating, echoing around the soundscape in the vein of DAEVID ALLEN in the GONG pre-Radio Gnome Invisible era. As it evolves it continues to develop in the vein of a couple of the space jams from Camembert like "Fohat Digs Holes in Space" or "Tropical Fish" only with synths taking the place of the saxophones. Great song--one in which the drumming and bass also stand out for the fact that they are mixed farther into the foreground. Even the vocal sounds psychedelic-Daevid Allen-esque. Awesome song! (10/10)

7. "Ponto de Transição" (3:48) is another rather simply constructed melodic pop-rock song. The vocal has a bit of a melancholy feel to it (though I don't know its content since it's in Portuguese). Piano, bass, drums and guitar--slide for the ABACAB solo. (7/10)

8. "Fronteira" (10:19) is an awesome jazz-tinged Canterbury-styled epic with multiple instrumental jam sections featuring the HILLAGE-like guitar lead and all-pervasive presence of the almighty Hammond organ. Great drumming on this one. Some great fast-paced sections balanced by equally great slow, spacious and delicate sections. (10/10)

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music. These Brazilians have mastered a sound that is, for me, one of the most engaging of all of progressive rock. And, should you find yourself liking this album, then you simply must check out 2012's masterpiece, Espectro--my favorite album of that year.

 Violeta De Outono by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 1987
3.99 | 21 ratings

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Violeta De Outono
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars An awesome album that kind of defies timeline placement because of the convergence of several different strains of musical influence. The rhythm section uses simple beats rooted in the minimalism of Punk Rock but more reminiscent of Post-Punk New Wave bands like THE GO-GOs and THE POLICE. In the sounds used for the guitar, bass and occasional keyboard (especially in the live version) I hear the THE DOORS, STEVE HILLAGE, and PINK FAIRIES. In the vocal department Fabio Golfetti is a dead ringer for KHAN's Nick Greenwood. The sound engineering is very clean, with each instrument retaining its autonomous sound, while levels and mix are perfect for the time. The band tends to mix Fabio's vocals a bit low but that's okay. They still come through easily. The rolling bass of Angelo Pastorelli and solid timekeeping of the drummer Claudio Souza lay a great foundation for the stellar vocals and psychedelic guitar play of Fabio. Side two offers us quite a view of Fabio's DAVE GILMOUR/DAEVID ALLEN/STEVE HILLAGE influences--and the sound that he would take ten years to explore with his (and Daevid Allen's) INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY of TIBET project--especially with "Sombras Flutuantes." Even the bass playing and drumming get a little more exciting/adventurous on side two. The album ends with (yet) another (awesome) cover of The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows."

This is an outstanding band that has somehow flown under the prog radar for far too long. 2007's Volume 7 and 2012's Espectro (my personal Favorite Album of the Year for that year) are truly not to be missed. I would recommend that you check out any and all of the Violeta de Outono catalog--especially if you're a fan of the Canterbury classic Space Shanty by Khan--and this one--especially if you loved bands like PINK FAIRIES or STEVE HILLAGE.

 Espectro by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.01 | 116 ratings

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Espectro
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

4 stars This recommendation by a few qualified reviewers caught me a bit off guard, needing to have a few spin throughs and in different environments as it didn't quite click right away. As many prog fans know, there are some albums out there that like to play the coy and shy routine, like some dollied up vamp, seductive but distant. When I cranked up the volume and went for a long drive, the true nature simply appeared and seduced me. There is a few quirks that needed getting used to, such as the very typical Brazilian melodicism and the suave rhythmic softness their music is famous for. So I followed my tried and tested method of just concentrating on the delicious bass lines, here provided by the slick Gabriel Costa and let the soloists sort of groove over the arrangements. That's when I noticed that keyboard man Fernando Cardoso is a big Hammond fan who literally abuses the churning keys throughout, much to our agonizing delight. Leader Fabio Golfetti sings and plays the electric guitar in a very lyrical, breezy style that gives their brand of space psychedelia a warm tropical feel, while drumming in Brazil is the second national pastime after the 'jogo bonito' and Jose Luiz Dinola does not disappoint.

'Formas-Pensamento' starts the voyage with a vivacious 8 minute+ romp that exposes all the above mentioned endowments. A highlight track that stamps the disc with immediate credentials, you just know this is going to be fun ride. Nothing fancy-shmantzy or over produced, just plain old brilliant music by four qualified musical talents, nothing more nothing less. Probably my favorite track here, but it serves just perfectly the vibe that permeates this unsuspecting and unassuming disc. 'Montanhas da Mente' has a massive melody close to McDonald-Giles' 'Is she Waiting?' , some sublime guitar picking in that airy style with Senhor Hammond in tow, like a prog version of the Allman Bros, a shorter but to the point piece that is most agreeable melodically and leaves a feelgood sentiment. 'Dia Azul' is equally succinct but is loaded with stunning little details, such as a lush bass passage, some effects on the vocals and usage of electric piano. Nice indeed. The swirling axe solos sting with sunny delight, squealing like gulls in the ocean air, the bass washing the undercurrent and enough mood changes to keep one guessing. 'Ondas Leves' is another extended piece in the 7 and a half range, typically sprawling and languorous, showing a seductive form of space prog that has a very feminine appeal, I must say it because it's really true, very sensual and sexy music . The rippling e-piano gets me in the mood every time, the main melody is invasive and cuddling. Again, I find myself fixated on the fluid bass that fuels my obsession as it takes the instrumental mid-section into symphonic overdrive, hinting at Sebastian Hardie/early Camel classics, Golfetti showing off some deft skills on the guitar. 'Claro Oscuro' rages surprisingly, with manic bass and frolicking drums, churning organ and rhythm axe phrasings counterbalanced by fragrant vocals. This juxtaposition of soft and suave with flexible and passionate is what makes this music click, yet it takes time to seep into the soul. Check out the rifling organ solo, its brief but to the point. The instrumental section is simple superlative. 'Algum Lugar' has another divine bass driveshaft, a rather obvious vocal line, lavish piano stepping into play, more liquid guitar playing, nothing bruising or harsh but very much a team spirit that exudes the charm. The serene 'Anos-Luz' serves almost as a companion piece with wah-wah pickings giving the piece some spice, while still maintaining the leisurely pace that characterizes the style of this group. It may seem fluffy but it's not really, a subtlety that is only achieved with a cranked volume and focusing on that darn bass. The title track is a minute and 11 seconds long, deranged cymbals amid odd sonics and supple drum rolls, only in existence so as to introduce the indolent 'Solsticio', a dreamy exercise in experiencing the sunset of a set list, incorporating some very fiery soloing from the e-guitar and some dazzling electric piano (I am a sucker!) which is to pant over repeatedly. The sound is warm and non-fussy with very little artifices, preferring sizzle over dazzle, perhaps a tad too laid back for the hard-core fan but hey, its beautiful music whichever way you look at it.

There is a nearly 10 minute bonus track , recorded in 2010 with drummer Fred Barley and sung in English ,'News from Heaven' stays true to the style regardless of the idiom, wallowing sounds that reach for the skies, orchestral and splendorous recalling a simpler time when laptop computers were still drug-inspired daydreams. It starts out flowery like an early 70s west coast tune, only to evolve into a large guitar blowout with Golfetti bending, screaming, shrieking like a man possessed. The nimble bass work escorts in a stretched Hammond foray that would make Rollie or Lord drool with envy. When the two soloists combine we are brought back to that wonderful Allman feel again, the finale symphonic bliss at its best. A surprise that took me a while but I got there, a lovely disc , ideal for any breezy occasion.

4.5 Samba ghosts

 Espectro by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.01 | 116 ratings

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Espectro
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock / Fusion / Canterbury Team

5 stars A prog album with a sound and style very familiar to 1970s Rock Progressivo Italiano--especially to that of LE ORME--it also has quite a Canterbury feel to it--like KHAN, STEVE HILLAGE or CAMEL. Despite the pleasant, easy timbre and style of the vocalist, it is the instrumental sections of all the songs that really stand out. The keyboard play is outstanding and the wonderful electric guitar sound and style is kind of a cross between that of ROYE ALBRIGHTON and STEVE HILLAGE. And the melodies are the kind that haunt you and stay with you for days, pulling you back again and again to listen to see if it was real or if you were just imagining it.

The opening nine-minute 'epic,' "Formas-Pensamento" (8:54) is repeated in a longer English version as the album's last track, "New from Heaven" [9:26] ([8/10]). It has a very familiar, laid-back vocal (uncanny likeness to that of LE ORME's Aldo Tagliapietra), and is a fairly simple song and instrumental construct with a relatively slow pace to it. Where it differs and excels is in the individual instrumental sounds and performances: synthesizer, guitar, and organ soli are all OUTSTANDING. (9/10)

Other song favorites include: the refined, bluesy STEVE HILLAGE, CAMEL, and even SANTANA-like "Ondas leves" (7:38) (10/10); the amazing Latin-riffed SANTANA-like "Solsticio" (6:30) (10/10); "Montanhas da mente" (5:14) (nice keyboard work all around; love the jazzy CAMEL/NEKTAR-like instrumental sections) (9/10); the upbeat, fast-paced CAMEL and PINK FAIRIES-like "Claro escuro" (5:06) (8/10); the simple and very poppy, "Algum lugar" (4:14) (8/10); and the LE ORME throwback, "Anos-luz" (4:47) (8/10).

I gotta admit: There's no one out there doing music like this. It grooves, it's smooth, it's emotional, it's evocative, it's instrumental solos are so different than the rest of current prog. Here melody and feeling reign supreme. This is the modern equivalent to KHAN's classic (and my all-time favorite Canterbury classic) Space Shanty. Espectro is also an album that keeps growing on me--inviting me back again and again instead of getting old and stale. Highly, highly recommended, folks! Especially if you like mostly steady-paced, highly melodic music with a lot of excellent, excellent soloing. Though this may be a 4.5 star album, I'm going to give it five cuz it deserves to be heard. A lot!

 Volume 7 by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.93 | 39 ratings

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Volume 7
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars One of the most historical Psychedelic Rock bands from Brazil, Violeta de Outono from Sao Paolo were found in 1984 by guitarist Fabio Golfetti and drummer Claudio Sousa, after both left the group Zero.Together with bassist Angelo Pastorello they formed a very energetic trio, creating six Psych Rock albums over the span of two decades.In 2005 they were joined by keyboardist Fernando Cardoso, but this was also they year the trio was split, as Pastorello left Violeta de Outono to be replaced by Gabriel Costa.Two years later the Brazilian veterans returned with their seventh studio work ''Volume 7'', recorded in just two days at Mash Studios and released on Voiceprint for Brazil and Musea Records in Europe.

The addition of keyboards have given the band a nice fresh color and to my ears Violeta de Outono sound extremely similar to early-70's British Psych/Prog groups like very early CARAVAN or CRESSIDA.The tracks show a great balance between light grooves and organ jams and are characterized by a melodic and dreamy sound full of positive energy.In the same vein the vocals are also quite warm yet expressive.Cardoso is the main reason that Violeta de Outono sound a lot like a British band with his lovely and vintage organ moves, the discreet use of synths and the careful addition of ethereal piano lines.Fabio Golfetti's guitar remains another leading force of the group, smooth chords exchanged with more upfront solos with a retro aesthetic.The longer tracks sound more flexible like ''Pequenos Seres Errantes'' that even features a strong, spacey atmosphere now with the synthesizers in evidence and the long grooves performed by the rhythm section or ''Fronteira'' with its changing moods, the harder guitars and the richer overall sound.

With ''Volume 7'' Violeta de Outono step carefully within the fields of Progressive Rock.70's-influenced Psych/Prog with good groovy parts and interesting melodies is the result on this effort, that comes warmly recommended.

 Espectro by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.01 | 116 ratings

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Espectro
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Errors & Omissions Team

5 stars VIOLETA DE OUTONO has been really hard to categorize since the begining. They started their career in the mid 80's, where New Wave was in every tiny bit of Rock in Brazil, and yet, they were deeply rooted in Psychedelic Rock and Space Rock with colours of PINK FLOYD from SYD BARRET period. All of this sprinkled with New Wave, but just a tiny bit.

Their first record, Violeta de Outono (1987)is a classic! But the band had to let it go in the 90's, things weren't working for their kind of music anymore. They never really broke up and Fabio Golfetti always kept the dream alive. Only in 2005 they really returned with a new album Ilhas, since then their music comes slowly, but never stops.

I bought Volume 7 (2007) right after the release and I have to say, I simply love that album, it's one of the finest pieces of Space Rock in the Canterbusy Scene tradition and the new member (at that time) Fernando Cardoso added so much to the band with his keyboards, synths and specially, Hammond organ.

I've seen the band live many times since 2007 and I was really waiting for the new album. Following their steps closely. In 2010 Fabio gathered his mates, and under the INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET name released a perfect record, UFO Planante (2010). That made me wait a bit more calm. But he promised a new VIOLETA DE OUTONO album to 2012 and it came.

The album was suposed to be released in March, but Fabio is now playing with GONG, that made the album delayed a bit and it was released in late May. But the waiting game worth every second.

Espectro (2012) is the best album released by VIOLETA DE OUTONO so far. They took the Volume 7 (2007) sound and developed even more. Fabio vocals are fragile, but that made them so special and unique. Plus the Hammond organs by Fernando Cardoso are more present than never.

The band has a new drummer, José Luiz Dinóla, and his style fitted perfectly to tha band and as usual Gabriel Costa bass playing is perfect, gives the right amount of low the band needs and his Fender sound is warm and clever.

One more thing has to be said. Espectro (2012) was recorded in the MOSH Studios in São Paulo in analog tapes, NO computers, at all. This makes their sound even more unique and you can say as soon that the first track 'Formas-Pensamento' starts.

You're into Canterbusy Scene, melodical Prog with the exactly amount of Space Rock, and Hammond organs? This is exactly for you. My top 3 of 2012.

 Espectro by VIOLETA DE OUTONO album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Espectro
Violeta De Outono Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I first heard about this new album from a thread on another site and I must admit I was taken back a bit as I didn't know they were even working on a new release. Well would you believe on my way home from work that same day I stopped and got the mail and this was sitting in the mail box ! Strange but true. I can only imagine that the guitarist Fabio sent me this but he didn't let me know ahead of time or since. He has sent me music before including THE INVISIBLE OPERA COMPANY OF TIBET which is absolutely killer stuff. Actually I let my Bro In Law borrow that cd and he couldn't believe how good it was. He has a lot of musicians come to his house and jam and the one guitarist wanted to buy it from him right on the spot. Back to VIOLETA DI OUTONO and I have to say that their "Volume 7" record is one of the most meaningful albums I own. It just hits me emotionally for some reason so I was really hoping this would do the same. Thankfully it does at times but not as often.

"Formas-Pensamento" has a sort of dreamy intro with vocals. Organ joins in then drums and bass a minute in. Nice instrumental section after 3 1/2 minutes especially the guitar. So good ! Check out the bass and organ too. The guitar sounds amazing after 6 minutes as well. Vocals are back before 7 minutes. "Montanhas Da Mente" is a top three for me. A crisp beat with guitar and reserved vocals sounds incredible. Organ joins in and my God this is good. The water is rising 2 minutes in. Nice bass and synth work too. A melodic guitar solo after 4 minutes. "Dia Azul" is laid back with vocals. A tasteful guitar solo is trumped by a more passionate one before 4 1/2 minutes as the drums pound. "Ondas Leves" has this drifting yet rich sound with prominant drums and bass as the guitar plays over top. Vocals arrive 3 minutes in as the organ floats. A change before 5 minutes as it kicks in with power. No vocals here.

"Claro Escuro" is a top three. It's uptempo with synths and heaviness as the vocals join in. "Algum Lugar" is my final top three. It sounds like "Stars Die" by PORCUPINE TREE on the verses but not on the chorus. Just love how this sounds though. Cool sounding guitar before 3 1/2 minutes too. "Anos-Luz (Manito's Dream)" is psychedelic with vocals as sounds echo. It picks up and the guitar, organ, bass and drums all sound great 3 minutes in after the vocals have stopped. "Espectro" opens with cymbals, then drums and atmosphere take over in this brief instrumental. "Solsticio" is another excellent vocal track. I like the piano during the instrumental interlude. Psychedelic vocals after 4 minutes. The bonus track is "News From Heaven" which is the first song done with English vocals.

A solid 4 stars for sure. This just hasn't hit me like "Volume 7" but that might change over time. Highly recommended regardless.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition.

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