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Joe Nice collection of shoegaze vapor slow jams. 'Lua no Prata' in particular reminds me of like a weirdo noisey Phil Collins rework that won't leave my head. Lovely discovery on a very fun, experimental, and forward thinking net label out of Sao Paulo. Favorite track: Lua no Prata.
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Melaço 05:57
Lua no Prata 04:42


Countless shoegaze and guitar bands have been left behind in the dust of underground history, and in Brazil as around the world ,most of them little more than doppelgangers. “Melaço EP” by Colonia is an archival register of such a band, but one which refused to stop existing by surviving in sporadic long-distance collaborations residing in its members inboxes, and which refused to ignore the trappings of a South-American band making such Anglo music.
Colônia was formed at around 2010 in São Paulo by Graphic Design students Vinícius Abara, Mariana Mink and Paulo Mulan, inspired by their visit to the Uruguayan port town of Colônia do Sacramento and its scorching languidity in the summer.

The multiinstrumentalists were more interested in studio experimentation and the band stopped working together until Mariana moved permanently to Uruguay in 2013. From then on, they were a band only in the loosest sense of the word. The three of them continued their long-distance exploration of the overlapping areas of UK guitar-pop, Brazilian 80’s Pop and the crystalline tones of Japanese Ambient of the same era. This continuous exploration would’ve remained an entirely private matter were it not for this Archival EP of tracks produced over the last decade.

“Melaço” presents a heady concoction of gravitational guitar masses pulling down sampled vocals of MPB divas, concrete beats and swirly melodicism. It’s a window into an alternative Brazil which decided to ape Kevin Shields rather than Peter Gabriel for its top 40 hits and is the perfect artifact to kick problemas dos outros’ new phase: A work which makes alienation its home and being out of place its chosen Modus Operandi. Enjoy!


released March 15, 2021

Written, recorded and mixed by Vinícius Abara, Mariana Mink and Paulo Mulan.
"Como nossos pais" written by Antonio Belchior.
Mastered by Victor Lucindo
Cover design by Victor Lucindo, illustration by Mitsuru Adachi


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