Sons De Mercúrio Releases Second Album O Eu Chamado e Outras Jornadas
The mystical, philosophical and musical journey of the Bahian group Sons de Mercúrio continues inspired by the second work “O Eu Chamado e Outras Jornadas”. More than a new album, the record closes a cycle started in 2019 with “Entre Crendices e Amores Pagãos”, in which songs appropriate the arcana of the tarot to talk about human nature, personal feelings and themes of everyday life. And if the debut yielded the title of Best Bahian Record of the Year through popular voting in the traditional portal El Cabong, the new project arrives with the seal of being one of those selected by the “Jorge Portugal 2020 Arts Award – Aldir Blanc Bahia Award”, of the Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia (Funceb). The release is to take place on July 23rd and will be on all streaming platforms by Digital Ruffo and Musequal Brasil.
Formed by the duo Cartre Sans (voice, acoustic guitar and piano) and Mohzah Nascimento (voice, acoustic guitar and guitar), Sons de Mercúrio is like an alchemical musical laboratory that emerged from the idea of a show and has been gaining body in the partnership of the artists. The result is a progressive sound, almost 70´s-like, but without psychedelic themes or long solos. The psychedelic sound appears in the idea of soundscape, broken and different movements in the same music. In between, accents of folk, rock, indie, MPB and ancestral rhythms are present in World Music. All this with a unique property that uses vocal harmonies (reminiscent of ancient ritual chants) and gypsy guitars that echo Brazilian regionalism.
Recorded between January and May of this year at Netuno Estúdio (Feira de Santana-BA), the album is musically produced by Paulo Victor Aragão – PV (also responsible for the recording and mixing) and by Cartre and Mohzah (who are responsible for the arrangements), with executive production by Manuela Borges and Ruffo, and graphic design by Franco Santos, with artwork by Cartre Sans. The audiovisual episodes that accompanied the process rely on Revson Costa’s production. It is also mastered by renowned producer Rodrigo “Funai” Costa, winner of four Latin Grammy Awards as recording engineer with Tulipa Ruiz (“Dancê”), Elza Soares (“Mulher do Fim do Mundo”), Mariana Aydar (“Veia Nordestina”) and Emicida (“Amarelo”), in addition to a Multishow Award and a position as resident engineer and technical manager at Red Bull Studio São Paulo for seven years. Thought to win the stages as soon as the pandemic leaves, the work highlights the breadth and diversity in special participations such as that of Pernambuco singer and composer Almério (winner of the Brazilian Music Award – Revelation 2018 – and nominated for the 2020 Latin Grammy with Mariene de Castro in “Acaso Casa”), of the Portuguese musician and singer Jorge Benvinda (competed in 2010 for the Golden Globe organized by SIC/Caras as the best Portuguese musical group with Virgem Suta) and the Bahia-born singers Joana Terra (winner of the 2020 Grão de Música Award) and Fábio Cascadura (leader for 23 years of the rock group Cascadura, nominated for the Best Album of the Year award by VMB 2012 – MTV Brasil).
“It was very special, each one contributed in a very important way, which raised the level of the work even higher. It was incredible,” Cartre celebrates. It also features the voices/chorus of Ravena Nascimento, Revson Costa, Venus Lazúli Sampaio, Ariadne Sampaio and Marluce Angélica Sampaio. On the recording were musicians such as Marcela Cristina Miranda – from Grupo Cultural Wadō (taiko), Elder da Silva (drums, bongô, and ganza), Ivan Souza (bass), Gilmar Araújo (guitars), Paulo Victor (guitars and mandolin), Fábio Kidesh (tampura and sitar), Rogerinho Ferrer (accordion), Edson Santos (trumpet) and Laércio Santiago (trombone). Six of the tracks also featured the participation of the artist, composer and guitarist Igor Gnomo. Signature – All authorial, “O Eu Chamado e Outras Jornadas” reinforces the sound signature of the group from Feira de Santana.
It is a work that excels in harmony and poetry in a relationship with the tarot arcana, symbologies, myths and mysteries. Not always direct, the intention is to relate to the evolution of the human being and its nature. “For us, the relationship with the arcana is very clear in our work, but we wanted the songs to have the strength to seduce people who don’t have any knowledge of mysticism or of the tarot. The idea is that they have a message beyond this relationship with the mystical, but those who don’t, still get important things for themselves, because we express ourselves through poetry,” explains Mohzah. There are nine tracks in all: “Lei do Balanço” (A Temperança), “Ciranda do Diabo” (O Diabo), “A Casa Vai Cair” (A Torre), “Jornada Vésper” (A Estrela), “Carruagem de Prata” (A Lua), “Disco Alado” (O Sol), “Olhos de Chacal” (O Julgamento), “Gênese” (O Mundo), and “Nômade” (O Louco), the latter of which was released in June as a single. With them added to the 13 compositions of the debut album, “O Eu Chamado e Outras Jornadas” and “Entre Crendices e Amores Pagãos” manage to embrace the 22 major arcana of the tarot in a light way and with personal interpretations for each one. “The work has several aspects, several things are happening and already with a certain change in relation to the first record. So the rhythm and the evidence of the guitars were intentional on our part.
There is the whole issue of the instrumental that is captivating, but there is also the part about taking care of the construction of being. The music, besides being a conductor between the solid and the mystical, the carnal and the celestial, also treats the wounds of a society that is sicker and sicker. It is a way of looking at oneself and seeing oneself in others. Society lacks a lot of this today,” Cartre Sans analyzes. You realize with each track that the music is not exactly the tarot card, but it has the energy of the card in a broader way. It brings part of its senses more tangible since a card works on many aspects. “The record is like a continuity of the first one, and the great thing about completing the 22 arcana is that we built something very concrete.
Philosophically, it is completing the tarot’s journey. It is a story of evolution, of mishaps, you can see the hidden sides of the arcana, you can see their good and bad sides and how rewarding it is to take this journey, how much you can evolve within this consciousness of each part that is there. Bringing it to the personal side, it is consciousness that we are also a little part of a whole,” Mohzah adds. The album “O Eu Chamado e Outras Jornadas” has the financial support of the State of Bahia through the Secretary of Culture and the Cultural Foundation of the State of Bahia (Aldir Blanc Bahia Program) via the Aldir Blanc Law, directed by the Special Secretary of Culture of the Ministry of Tourism, Federal Government.
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