REVIEW: Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda De Tempo – Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda De Tempo (2021)

Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda De Tempo is an indie rock band from São Paulo, Brazil. Formed in 2019, the band recently released their self-titled debut album in 2021.

Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda De Tempo opens with Pop Cabecinha, a burst of jazzy indie rock punctuated by the band’s lo-fi punk energy. Vocalist and guitarist Sophia Chablau’s fragile but versatile vocal style holds its own even as the album shifts between rougher lo-fi and more delicate indie songs.

The soft intimacy of Se Você is covered in a trailing fog of reverb. The song slowly swells and swells, crashing down upon the listener like a giant wave taking us out to sea, awash in melancholia. Drummer Theo Ceccato’s delicate cymbal work guides us through further melancholy on the following track Fora do Meu Quarto.

Over the next few tracks a more distorted and lo-fi quality takes over. Blown out bass and guitar feature prominently on Deus Lindo, yet don’t distract from the music at hand.

Jazz influence throughout the album comes across more directly on song Hello, another intimate guitar and vocal track with a distinct warmth behind it. This light jazz quality across the album can draw similarities to the French pop genre yé-yé.

Similar to yé-yé artists is the band’s willingness to incorporate just about any influence. Starting with the indie rock, the band proceeds to branch out through intimacy, lo-fi and jazz before eventually embracing a healthy level of funk trappings on song Debaixo do Pano. Returning to a more straight laced indie sound on Moças e Aeromoças, Chablau and company branch out one last time, closing on the indie disco track Delícia/Luxúria.

Overall, Sophia Chablau e Uma Enorme Perda De Tempo is an accessible and fulfilling work that rewards the highs and lows of our emotional palettes. We recommend you go give this a listen.

For fans of: Interpol, Frankie Cosmos, April March

Like Sophia Chablau? Give these a listen: Hospitality, Jack Hardy, Klarcnova

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