Karisma Records have gone much further afield than their native Norway with their latest signing, Brazilian Symphonic Proggers CARAVELA ESCARLATE, whose self-titled sophomore full-length album will be released by the label on the 1st of March.
Formed in Rio de Janeiro in 2011, CARAVELA ESCARLATE’s lineup of David Caravelle on vocals, bass, guitars and violins, Ronaldo Rodrigues (MASSAHARA, ARCPELAGO) on Keyboards and Elcio Cáfaro on Drums, are a trio heavily inspired by both English and Italian ’70’s Prog Rock, but they draw on traditional and popular Brazilian music, which gives them a special, and quite unique, sound.
Whilst the band’s 2017 debut album “Raschuno” was more acoustic, “Caravela Escarlate” is a huge step towards a more keyboard-driven, classic prog rock sound for the band. It is an album that almost sounds as if it could have been recorded in 1973, but the lyrics (in Portuguese) give it a distinctly modern edge, inspired, as they are, by science fiction, comic books and environmental concerns.
Recorded at the Mata Studio in Rio De Janeiro in 2017, the album follows the adventures of Caravela Escarlate, which, translated means “Crimson Ship”, an alien being from Sideral space that can transform itself into its own means of transport – specifically a ship. And you’d be hard-pushed to find a better subject for a spaced-out, retro prog album than that!
With Artwork by Fabio Gracia, tracklisting for “Caravela Escarlate” is as follows:
01. Um Brilho Frágil no Infinito
02. Caravela Escarlate
04. Gigantes da Destruição
05. Toque as Constelações
06. Futuro Passado
Karisma Records have given us a taste of what to expect from “Caravela Escarlate” by releasing the title track as a single, which can be streamed or downloaded at https://karismarecords.lnk.to/CaravelaEscarlate
“Caravela Escarlate” will be released in CD, LP and Digital formats, and is now available to pre-order from the following:
More information about CARAVELA ESCARLATE can be found on the band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/caravelaescarlate/