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Labirinto / Press

“The first album, released in 2010, features six tracks of anguish long restrained and thunderous and unexpected climaxes, as the storms you never know where they will fall.”

“November’s best new music from across the MAP Epic, dark post-rock is at the core of Sao Paulo-based band Labirinto, whose first full-length album is already one of the best Brazilian releases of 2010 and is also remarkable due to its gorgeous artwork. Anatema is the main song on the album, which is available from their Bandcamp.”

“The São Paulo quintet spare no effort at setting mood: they let their songs develop into anthems, incorporating evocative string breaks and powerful rock grooves and fleshing them out with sitars and grand pianos. Their three-guitar attack makes for some enjoyable counterpoint, and their live shows feature the always-loved dual drummers. They are built to take the post-rock world by storm. (... read more)”

“This might be the best ambient album ever made in Brazil.”

“Any retrospective, matter or entry that intends to broach the post-rock's trajectory in Brazil will have to pass trough the band Labirinto necessarily”

“This is communal music and sounds like the sort of thing I’d expect to find on Southern Records. Working together, the band build up to massed epic stretches and cool down into quieter (but tense) sections. It’s orchestral music using the traditions and instruments of rock to make a sweeping communal creation with shifting moods.”

“Band leader and songwriter Erick Cruxen blends the most pure musical parts of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, the plotting picking of Explosions In The Sky, and a few assaulting moments worthy of Russian Circles. (...) This being their first full-length release also leads one to believe that the band has the potential to rank among these highly regarded groups.”

“Anatema is clearly the best post-rock album of the year. More importantly, it's one of the finest albums you're likely to hear in any genre this year. Labirinto have made an epic, post-rock classic that everyone should own. Oh, and the artworks really, really nice too.”

“There are oodles of layered synths, Eastern sounding strings as well as intricate melodies and changing moods. This is an album that you’ll listen to over and over again; it’s addictive nature meaning that you always listen to the whole of the album from start to finish. By transferring the listener to a different place, Labirinto have definitely managed to put together an epic piece of work.”

“Labyrinth in name, labyrinth in music. Having cut their teeth on a handful of CD-Rs, the seven-strong São Paulo crew have crafted an epic post-rock album in the truest sense of the world – six s…ongs, 70 minutes running time, but nome of it wasted. Sure, the crescendos are all there, as is the Mogwai/Grails/GY!BE/Mt.Zion influence, not to mention the orchestral, cinematic arrangements, but very familiar though this all sounds on paper, Anatema is a serious effort from everyone concern. With big names Greg Norman and Bob Weston attached, the Brazilians’ debut full-length announces the arrival of a new post-rock talent with some style.”

“First impressions show that this record is the result of an experimental journey through sound, tempo and seemingly, emotion. Labirinto are evidently inspired heavily by soundtracks and soundscapes – the instrumental nature of the record adds to the sense that Anatema could easily (and perhaps very successfully) accompany some form of (albeit dark and moody) motion picture. Anatema is an extraordinarily dynamic, unpredictable piece of music, which constantly surprises and delights with an array of sounds, instruments and time signatures.”

“(...) the 70 epic minutes that make up this debut album are varied, engrossing and enthralling. Each of the six tracks passes the 10-minute mark and harbour several different passages à la Godspeed. However, each is linked with an obvious tonal vision more akin to Mono’s slow builds and grand crescendos. Mourning cello, mystic sitar, Old West banjo, whirring synthesiser and lonesome Mariachi guitar flesh out this unfolding post-rock opus.”

“Progressioni experimental che riportano inevitabilmente alla dirompente vitalità degli insuperati texani Explosions In The Sky, ma il tutto sapientemente amalgamato con richiami alla propria cultura carioca, a quella classica (l’uso di strumenti come il violoncello o il violino), a quella strettamente progressiva, fino a quella più spiccatamente minimale (synth digitali e analogici). Album solo apparentemente ostico. Mirabili le aperture d’armonie in crescendo.”

“Señores, este álbum sin lugar a dudas entra en la categoria de “DISCAZO”, grupo oriundo de Brasil, que después de 4 EP’s deciden lanzar este LP, y que manera de hacerlo, un album que en cada track los dejará sin aliento, sin duda alguna de lo mejor del año en cuanto a Post-Rock se refiere.”

“Comprised of 6 tracks running 70 minutes, the musical range is stunning. There are impressionist orchestral passages mixed with ethereal folk-like themes all incorporated into (and I guess a comparison must be made), a heavy almost King Crimson-like conceptual framework. The overall stylistic definition might be Latin neo-chamber rock, but categorization seems blasphemy for music so original and provocative. Everything about the album is remarkable, up to and including the surreal sleeve art work and font type face which takes pondering to decipher.”