The wise man once said: “One step ahead, and you're no longer in the same place”.
23 years ago, one of the most important groups in Brazil launched its first record: Da Lama ao Caos. The debut album by Chico Science & Nação Zumbi came out in April 1994. The album was a milestone of a group os friends, that by creating a scene, started a movement that ultimately destabilized the axis of the musical production in Brazil. Like other Recife bands, their intent was express express the sound of the crabs with brain, of the parabolic in the mud, and everything else that people know, feel, or understand as the manguebeat. The difference is that this band from the outskirts of Recife became known worldwide, far more than any other. Their second album, Afrociberdelia, was launched in June 1996, and in less than one year, the band - and the world – lose Chico Science. Despite the huge blow, it wasn't the end. "When there is a scar, it's hard to forget ...”, but the Nação Zumbi got reestablished and knew to reinvent itself year after year, album after album to get here. Having released six studio albums – CSNZ (1998), Rádio S.Amb.A (2000), Nação Zumbi (2002), Futura (2005), and the brand new, entitled once again Nação Zumbi – along two live albums that were also released on DVD – Propagando ao Vivo
After the release of Fome de Tudo, in 27 October of 2007, their latest studio album of new material, there were a lot of hustle and bustle. Shows at several places around the country, culminating with the historical performance at Marco Zero, that bring to life Ao Vivo no Recife, released on CD and DVD in 2012. The Nação Zumbi continued to spread itself prolifically in various side projects and was never at the same place.
And the expectations around where the next step of the band would land were huge. And they landed here: Nação Zumbi, the tenth album of their career (taking into account the live albums and the first ones as Chico Science & Nação Zumbi). The brand new album will be launched by the Slap label in partnership with Natura Musical. The record was produced by Berna Ceppas and Kassin, that have a long time friendship and worked together previously with the band. Here, besides the production, they've played on several tracks adding synths and programmings to the particular “sound that weighs a tonne”that the sextet is known for.
“Cicatriz”, the first track presented to the public open up the new album. Something between the 60's rock and the post-modern bolero, with the guitar of Lúcio Maia evoking a surf music from some desert, testify the desire of the band to escape the established models. Slower and one of the best of the album, “Bala Perdida” come next with the outstanding bass line from Dengue and inspired lyrics – a chronicle that narrates the near-encounter with a projectile. “Defeito Perfeito”, a song with ultra-realistic lyrics, uses the reggae as a starting point with added electronic buzzes, demonstrating a certain eclecticism throughout the hearing. Marisa Monte joins Jorge du Peixe beautifully with her voice and openness in “A Melhor Hora da Praia”, accompanied by a lush string arrangement. The list of special guestalso includes the American keyboardist Money Mark, longtime partner of Nação Zumbi and co-producer of Fome de Tudo – and from the Brazilian living in USA Mario Caldato, Jr. - mixing some of the tracks. The album Nação Zumbi also features the voices of Lira Lula (daughter of Chico Science and singer from Afrobombas, project headed by Jorge du Peixe) and Laya Lopes (from O Jardim das Horas).
The interval between albums was more than beneficial for the band. Nação Zumbi did songs like "Um Sonho," which inhabits a place well above the usual romantic songs, avoiding common-sense. From the same footprints come "Nunca Te Vi," a recurring insight into idealized love that moves sonically towards some kind of psychedelia. “I don't quite understand when they want to find a unity in a record”, du Peixe elaborates on something beyond the arbitrariness. “Here are eleven tracks as if they were eleven different chapters of a book”, he completes. Thus, more introspective songs like “Novas Auroras” and the “longing for what was not” – a investigation about the time and his tricks and traps, marked by several guitar tones – coexist with the rock that invites to dance and the wordplay of “Cuidado”, the beautiful “Foi de Amor”, and “Pegando Fogo”, that closes the record with a nervous guitar along with the familiar “one tonne sound” supplied by Toca Ogan (percussion) and Pupillo (drums). Nação Zumbi bring together all the elements that made the band one of the most respected and influential band in Brazil since the 90's.
It's another step ahead.
1994: Da Lama ao Caos
2000: Rádio S.AMB.A
2002: Nação Zumbi
2007: Fome de tudo
2012: Ao Vivo no Recife - CD e DVD
2013:Mundo Livre SA x Nação Zumbi
2104 Nação Zumbi