The work of Brazilian outfit Oruã has slowly evolved into a group expression of psych-tinged, jazz-influenced indie rock density. Reverb-soaked rhythms and percussive blasts ricochet off your senses -- a mass of pop and rock expulsions collide and consume one another in an attempt to capture you attention. Built around the combines creativities of multi-instrumentalist Lê Almeida, bassist João Luiz and drummer Phill Fernandes, the music is rich in shared melodic lineages and covers a wide stretch of sounds and experiences.
The group is set to offer a new EP, “Tudo Posso,” sometime in late March or early April. This EP will find them exploring aspects of spirituality and will allow them to dig even deeper into some of their jazz inspirations. This will be followed by their sophomore record, “Roma,” which is currently set to be released sometime from May-June.
On new single, “Prece Alafim,” they blend elements of free-form jazz with something resembling mid-‘90s indie rock, resulting in a sound as unique as it is addictive. The opening guitars squeal and shudder, before settling into a musical landscape where you might stumble across Miles Davis’ “Bitches Brew” having coffee with Superchunk’s “Foolish.” Voices eventually float into this mutating musical atmosphere, allowing the song to continually shift perspective and rhythmic allegiance. With shoegaze echoes also blooming in the foreground, the track is a complex distillation of the band’s collective histories and provides a glimpse into the interwoven dynamics of their relationships.
Check out the band’s upcoming US tour dates supporting Built to Spill below.