A FASE ROSA’s sophomore album meets critical acclaim while seeking recognition beyond borders
By Marcelo Zicker
After taking the Brazilian music scene by surprise with a critically-acclaimed debut - 2013’s ‘Homens Lentos’ –the quartet A Fase Rosa has built a following with its rootsy, afro-jazzy sound infused with contemporary elements, along with witty, catchy lyrics.
Now the group has just released its sophomore effort, ‘Leveza’, that has been met with even more raved reviews. The band’s rising popularity has enabled them to tour across many parts of Brazil, gathering a new wave of fans and admirers. “If you are into Brazilian music but tired of the genre’s lack of reinvention and ability to thrill, enjoy regional trends such as MPB, Samba and Axé, but seek a bold, multicolored, daring sound that speaks to universal ears, you need to look up for a group from Minas Gerais named A Fase Rosa” stated the Spanish-written newspaper El País. Fresh off ‘Homens Lentos’, the single ‘Desmancha’ has been featured in many lists of best tracks of 2013 along with the subsequent single “Casa” that has been included in the compilation Music Alliance Pact.
‘Leveza’, is currently available for free download through A Fase Rosa’s official website - www.afaserosa.com.br
– and since its release in the past November, the band has gone out on tour to further promote it, with shows taking place at some of the most traditional venues in São Paulo, Poços de Caldas, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, João Pessoa and Natal. The band has also played in some of the biggest music festivals in Brazil such as Transborda”, “Grito Rock” and the movie festival “16o Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes”.
The cutting-edge quartet, which consists of Fernando “Feijão” Monteiro (drums and voice), Rafael José (lead guitar and voice), Rodrigo Magalhães (bass and voice) e Thales Silva (rhythm guitar and voice), asserts that while the band has remained true to its distinct sound, the lyrics have evolved to be sharper, gaining a politically incisive critical edge. “Lyrically, we’ve gotten closer to subjects that historically many brazilian artists are known for, with fierce though subtle critique of the shortcomings of our current system in a variety of regards. We continue to pursue an even more universal sound, translating our local music and cultural nuances into the world, while being truthful to ourselves and our musical roots” says guitarist and lead singer, Thales Silva.